Mike Amesbury hoisted Corbyn into the air and patted him on the head. The shadow employment minister was at the 2018 Westminster Dog of the Year competition with his Cockapoo (who his son named Corbyn), and had just won the so-called ‘pawblic vote’.
However it was Alex Norris, another Labour MP, who finished on the top of the podium with his dogs Boomer and Corona. Andrew Mitchell’s Scarlet came second, and Cheryl Gillan’s recue dog Goosebury came third.
The annual event is hosted by Dogs Trust in Victoria Tower Gardens. Adrian Burder, Chief Executive of the charity, explained that the event provides an opportunity to ‘raise awareness of key dog welfare issues.’ In order to prove there was no foul play in the judging, he added: ‘The competition is strictly apolitical and a chance for judges to look at the interaction between MPs and their four-legged friends.’
Perhaps this is a sign that Corbyn’s luck is running out.