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Bruges - "Venice of the North"

In connection with Riviera Travel T & HCA are offering a rail/coach short break to Bruges, departing on the 13th of October, 3 nights/4 days in a choice of 4 star hotels on a Bed and Breakfast basis for £319 per person sharing a twin or double room. 

Conservative Team Selected for South West 2014 Euro Elections

Today sees the appointment of the Conservative team who will be fighting in the 2014 European elections due to be held on 22nd May 2014. Selected by Conservative Party members in a ballot conducted by the Electoral Reform Society, sitting MEPs, Julie Girling and Ashley Fox have both been reselected. They are joined by four new candidates; Double Olympic Gold Medallist James Cracknell OBE...

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Neil Parish MP wins Westminter Dog of the Year with his labrador Wilberforce

Back for the 19th year, Westminster Dog of the Year has once again caught the competitive spirit of MPs across the country. In the face of strong competition from a Conservative group of entrants, Neil Parish and his Labrador Wilberforce were announced the proud winners of the hotly anticipated title.Says Neil Parish MP:“I’m delighted that Wilberforce has won and shown what a brilliant dog he is. I’m sure his constituents in Tiverton and Honiton will be as delighted as I am that their local dog has won such an accolade. Events such as this highlight the importance of responsible dog ownership and hopefully more and more people will make the right decisions when choosing a dog and more importantly ensure they take on board what it means to be a good owner.”Organised jointly by Dogs Trust and the Kennel Club, the award saw a host of MPs, nearly a clean sweep of Conservatives, and their dogs canvassing in the judging ring to be crowned the top dog. Whether describing their dog’s most heroic or good deed to comparing their four-legged companion to an A-list star, the judging was nail-biting stuff. The judging panel - Clarissa Baldwin, CEO of Dogs Trust, Vanessa McAlpine, Discover Dogs and Crufts Events Manager and 2010 Westminster Dog of the Year winner Helen Grant MP were faced with 17 dogs, ranging in size from Elvis the Chihuahua (Simon Kirby MP, Cons – Brighton Kemptown) to Sophie the German Shepherd (Karl McCartney MP, Cons – Lincoln).Summing up the reason for Wilberforce’s victory, Clarissa Baldwin of Dogs Trust says,“Our Westminster Dog of the Year competition is all about celebrating the unique bond between person and dog, and Wilberforce is this year’s victor because the judges could clearly see the mutual love and respect between him and Neil.”Vanessa McAlpine of the Kennel Club says:“Each and every year we hold the event as a way to get to meet some of the new four-legged additions to Parliament and we are pleased to see many new faces this year, along with some familiar ones. The variety of dogs that came down to today’s Westminster Dog of the Year shows how dogs of all shapes and sizes can fit into anyone’s lives and today’s event demonstrates how committed these MPs are to responsible dog ownership.”Last year’s winner was Charlie, a Border Terrier belonging to Helen Grant MP.