Friday 24 March 2017

Four-legged friend for Goldsmith in London poll

Tristan, a three-year-old Lhasa Apso, wears his Conservative rosette outside a polling station
Tristan, a three-year-old Lhasa Apso, wears his Conservative rosette outside a polling station

London Mayor candidate Zac Goldsmith got the furry seal of approval from a four-legged supporter visiting a polling station.

Tristan, a three-year-old Lhasa Apso, proudly wore his Conservative rosette as he accompanied his owner Thea McNeish to Central Hall Westminster.

This was the dog's second outing to the polling station, having made his first appearance during the General Election last year.

Asked why she had brought him along, Mrs McNeish said: "He is a good Tory supporter. He believes in a strong government."

The 72-year-old, who lives in Westminster, said that although Tristan could not vote, she would be casting her vote for Mr Goldsmith.

She said of the Tory candidate: "He is the best option we have. And it makes things work better when you have the same party in Government as you do running London. It makes for a better relationship."

However, Mrs McNeish did not discount Labour candidate Sadiq Khan's chances, saying: "I think he has got every chance. He has the Muslim vote and all of the Labour vote."

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