Jeremy Hunt and his two-year-old Labrador, Poppy, are hoping to be named top dog in Westminster Dog of the Year 2023.
Organised jointly by Dogs Trust and The Kennel Club, the event has been running since 1992 and is open to all dog-loving MPs and their four-legged friends of all ages, breeds, shapes and sizes – pedigree and crossbreed alike.
The politicians and their pups will compete for the coveted title on Thursday, September 14 at Victoria Tower Gardens in London.
And the South West Surrey MP and Poppy are also hoping for public support in the Sir David Amess Pawblic Vote, in which the MPs and their canine companions are seeking votes from their local constituents.
The award is named in memory of the late Conservative MP who was a staunch advocate for dog welfare.
Mr Hunt said: “Poppy has changed our family dynamic in a fantastic way, not least for our children who adore her. She’s brought so much joy to our lives, especially since moving into Number 11, even if she is a bit of competition for Larry the Cat!
“She has taken to the political lifestyle perfectly thanks to her inquisitive, friendly and lively nature, and always wanting to be in the thick of it. She is a worthy contender for the Westminster Dog of the Year title because she is a huge character as well as the most important member of our family!”