Falkirk MP’s pet is top dog

MP Eric Joyce and Brodie
MP Eric Joyce and Brodie

Controversial MP Eric Joyce topped a popularity poll... with a little help from his four-legged friend.

His six-month-old Irish Wheaten terrier Brodie was named the nation’s favourite in the Westminster Dog of the Year competition which saw MPs and their pooches go head-to-head.

Organised by the Kennel Club and Dogs Trust, this was first time there had been a public poll with people encouraged to vote for their favourite MP and canine companion, based on competitors’ ‘canine CVs’.

Brodie and Mr Joyce polled 645 votes to become the victors.

Commenting on their success, the MP said: “Brodie is a bit of a lovable scamp. His award is based on the public vote and they obviously love him.

“The Westminster Dog of the Year is a great way to showcase the wonderful bond between dogs and their owners. It’s very important for people to be responsible dog owners and make sure they choose a dog to match their lifestyle and the competition helps promote this.”

Brodie’s canine CV stated if he was made Prime Minister for a day, he would force dog owners who don’t pick up their waste to wear the ‘Cone of Shame’ for the day and allow pooches inside Westminster.