The dog of Sir David Amess, called Vivienne, has been named as the Westminster Dog of the Year today.

The competition, which promotes responsible dog ownership, is run by The Kennel Club and Dogs Trust.

Conservative MPs Andrew Rosindell and Mark Francois took Sir David's French Bulldog to the competition this morning.

Three-year-old Vivienne was announced as the winner following a public vote and an assessment by judges.

Earlier in the week Prime Minister Boris Johnson called for the public to vote for Vivienne as another way of honouring Sir David.

He tweeted out at the news: "Congratulations Vivienne. David would have been very proud."

It is almost two weeks ago now since the MP for Southend was fatally stabbed whilst attending a constituency surgery in Leigh-on-Sea.

In the Express, Sir David previously said of his pet: "Every time I walk into the room Vivienne throws herself at me, lies on their 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.

"If I am feeling down, the dog lifts my spirits as she is always pleased to see me and she makes me smile."