DELIGHTED politician Maurice Golden is celebrating after his pet pooch was named top dog at Holyrood.

The Conservative MSP, who represents Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire as part of his West Scotland remit, was joined by his four-legged friend Leo at the Holyrood Dog of the Year contest.

He was up against 10 other MSPs in the competition, which is organised by animal welfare charities The Kennel Club and Dogs Trust and aims to promote responsible pet ownership, as well as encouraging dialogue on dog welfare issues.

Contestants were judged on their heroic doggy deeds, as well as their winning personalities.

And it was three-month-old cocker spaniel Leo who was leading the way.

Mr Golden said: “I am delighted to win Holyrood Dog of the Year. Leo is certainly the cutest dog but the main reason we are here is to highlight the importance of animal welfare.

"The work the Kennel Club and Dogs Trust do for animal welfare is amazing and we all need to rally round to continue making a difference for dogs.”

Bill Lambert, from the Kennel Club, added: “Congratulations to Leo and Maurice. It was a really close competition and the pair clearly had a strong bond which really impressed the judges.

"The competition is a fantastic way to raise awareness of the issues affecting man’s best friend today and highlights the unique relationships between MSPs and their dogs.

"We wish Leo all the best for the year ahead, reigning as Scotland’s top dog.”