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Last Updated: Wednesday, 18 October 2006, 13:55 GMT 14:55 UK
MP pet named Westminster top dog
Eric Martlew and Tag
Carlisle MP Eric Martlew celebrated with Tag
A seven-year-old German Shepherd owned by a Cumbria MP has been named Westminster's top dog.

Tag, who belongs to Labour MP for Carlisle, Eric Martlew, closed out a tight vote to be named Westminster Dog of the Year.

Judges from the Dogs Trust and Kennel Club praised her as "a fantastic all-round animal".

The long-running competition rates dogs based on good behaviour rather than looks or political persuasion.

George, a seven-year old black Labrador belonging to Labour's Hull North MP Diana Johnson, romped home in second.

Coming third was four-year-old greyhound Dainty, owned by Evening Standard political correspondent Jason Beattie.




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