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Last Updated: Thursday October 27 2005 14:57 GMT

Pug scoops top Westminster dog

Torres and his proud owner Tony Baldry MP
Torres the pug is the talk of the canine world after being named Westminster Dog of the Year.

The tiny 18-month-old dog beat off competition from 15 other politicians' pooches to claim the crown.

His owner Tony Baldry, who's a Conservative MP said: "Torres is a great dog who loves to be fussed over and make people smile."

The competition, run by Dogs Trust and the Kennel Club, judges dogs on their good deeds and behaviour.

'He is a very good hoover'

Torres has plenty of winning qualifications according to his proud owner.

Top dogs
Torres is clearly delighted to be top dog
"I find him very useful when I visit elderly people's homes as he is a very good hoover for crumbs," said Mr Daldry.

He added "Torres loves to campaign every year on Poppy Day and will be making sure everyone knows that he has won Westminster Dog of the Year 2005."

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