Late MP David Amess' French Bulldog named Westminster Dog of the Year

‘He would have been very proud’: '살인’ MP David Amessbeloved French Bulldog Vivienne is named Westminster Dog of the Year after being entered in competition before animal lover was stabbed to death

  • Sir David AmessFrench Bulldog Vivienne named Westminster Dog of the Year
  • Animal lover Sir David, 69, entered ‘political royaltyVivienne in the competition
  • Father-of-five was repeatedly stabbed at a constituency surgery on October 15
  • Ali Harbi Ali, 25, is charged with the terrorism-motivated murder of the Tory MP
  • The late Sir David Amess‘s French Bulldog Vivienne has been named Westminster Dog of the Year.

    The Prime Minister congratulated the animal, which had been entered into the annual competition by West Sussex MP Sir David, 69, before he was stabbed to death in his constituency earlier this month.

    The animal lover, who had entered the competition several times with his pets but never won, described his Vivienne as ‘political royalty’.

    Sir David Amess' French Bulldog Vivienne is announced as the winner of the Westminster Dog of the Year competition, organised jointly by Dogs Trust and The Kennel Club

    Sir David AmessFrench Bulldog Vivienne is announced as the winner of the Westminster Dog of the Year competition, organised jointly by Dogs Trust and The Kennel Club

    Vivienne was the beloved pet of the late Sir David , 69, pictured together in September, who was stabbed to death at a constituency surgery on October 15

    Vivienne was the beloved pet of the late Sir David , 69, pictured together in September, who was stabbed to death at a constituency surgery on October 15

    Sir David’s close friends, fellow Conservative MPs Andrew Rosindell and Mark Francois collected the honour on his behalf.

    Mr Rosindell said before the competition: ‘No-one loved animals like David, and no-one loved their dog like David. I could not feel more sadness at the fact that it will be me chaperoning Vivienne, his dog, at the Dog of the Year, instead of him, but I also could not feel more pride to be able to pay tribute to him in this small way.

    Three-year-old Vivienne wore a ‘City of Southendneckerchief in honour of her owner’s longstanding campaign to achieve city status for Southend.

    Boris Johnson tweeted: ‘Congratulations Vivienne. David would have been very proud.

    As part of the entry, Sir David said Vivienne ‘lifts my spirits as she is always pleased to see me and she makes me smile’.

    The competition, which is open to all canines belonging to MPs and Lords, celebrates the special relationship between human and dog.

    The competition, which is open to all canines belonging to MPs and Lords, celebrates the special relationship between human and dog.

    그는 덧붙였다: ‘Every time I walk into the room Vivienne throws herself at me, lies on her back with her legs in the air to be tickled.

    ‘But before that she always brings a toy so she is of a generous, giving nature.

    The Southend West MP had entered the competition more than a dozen times, having previously entered with his rescue dogs Lilly and Bo.

    Sir David described himself on his website as a ‘great animal lover’, something that was reflected in his record in Parliament.

    He was responsible for introducing the Protection Against Cruel Tethering Act in 1988, campaigned to stop the testing of domestic products on animals, tackled the illegal wildlife trade, and fought for an end to puppy farming, according to his website.

    He opposed the culling of badgers and was one of the few Tory MPs in favour of a foxhunting ban.

    In his most recent Commons intervention, 9 월 23, he called for a debate on ‘animal welfare generally, cruelty to animals and the welfare of farmyard animalsto mark World Animal Day on October 4.

    The Tory veteran was a patron of the Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation and won the Dods Animal Welfare and Environment Award in 2011 for his work on the issue.

    He also regularly judged at local dog shows and supported various local animal charities.

    Mark Beazley, chief executive of the Kennel Club, which organised the Westminster Dog of the Year competition alongside the Dogs Trust, 말했다: ‘Today we pay tribute to Sir David and all he has done for dog welfare, and hope to honour his legacy to protect and improve the lives of the nation’s pets, who make such a difference to so many.

    ‘Crowning Vivienne as Westminster Dog of the Year and the public’s winner is testament to Sir David’s commitment and his passionate campaigning for animals.

    Sir David's close friends, fellow Conservative MPs Andrew Rosindell and Mark Francois collected the honour on his behalf.

    Sir David’s close friends, fellow Conservative MPs Andrew Rosindell and Mark Francois collected the honour on his behalf.

    Sir David had entered the competition several times with his pets but had never won. 올해, 14 canines took part from across political parties.

    Sir David had entered the competition several times with his pets but had never won. 올해, 14 canines took part from across political parties.

    Owen Sharp, chief executive of Dog’s Trust, 추가: ‘[Sir David] was a huge dog lover and always supported our workmost recently as a key member of our Puppy Smuggling Taskforce, supporting our campaign to end the cruel puppy smuggling trade.

    ‘Sir David regularly attended our events, entering his beloved dogs into our Westminster Dog of the Year competition.

    ‘He also visited and championed his local Dogs Trust rescue centre in Basildon.

    Sir David was stabbed to death at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea in Essex on October 15 during a constituency surgery.

    The father-of-five was pronounced dead at the scene at 1.10pm and a preliminary postmortem examination report gave the cause of death as multiple stab wounds to the chest.

    An inquest into Sir David’s death opened today. The hearing, which lasted less than five minutes, was told that he had died of ‘multiple stab wounds to the chest’, with the number of wounds not stated.

    Ali Harbi Ali, 25, is charged with the murder of the Tory MP and is set to face trial in March of next year.

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