#DogsAtPollingStations gets a festive twist for December UK election

#DogsAtPollingStations gets a festive twist for December UK election



A dog is pictured at a polling station during the general election in Northumberland, Britain, December 12, 2019. REUTERS/Lee Smith
A dog is pictured at a polling station during the general election in Northumberland, Britain, December 12, 2019. REUTERS/Lee Smith
A dog is pictured at a polling station during the general election in Brighton, Britain, December 12, 2019. REUTERS/Paul Childs
A dog is pictured at a polling station during the general election in Brighton, Britain, December 12, 2019. REUTERS/Paul Childs
A dog is pictured at a polling station during the general election in Northumberland, Britain, December 12, 2019. REUTERS/Lee Smith

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Dogs at polling stations were out in force as voters took their canine friends to join in the democratic process.

The #dogsatpollingstations hashtag has been an increasingly prominent feature of elections in recent years as people pepper social media with pups to add a touch of light relief on polling day.

This year, members of the electorate honoured the December election by putting a festive spin on the tradition.

Pete Way put a string of Christmas lights on his dog, Buster, when he went to cast his vote in Wantage, Oxfordshire.



A dog is pictured at a polling station during the general election in Northumberland, Britain, December 12, 2019. REUTERS/Lee Smith

A dog is pictured at a polling station during the general election in Northumberland, Britain, December 12, 2019. REUTERS/Lee Smith

And Esyllt Sears’ dog, Twm, sported a Christmas tree hat as he turned up to a polling station in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Ms Sears told the PA news agency: “Twm’s been accompanying me to polling stations before #DogsAtPollingStations was even a thing.



A dog is pictured at a polling station during the general election in Northumberland, Britain, December 12, 2019. REUTERS/Lee Smith

A dog is pictured at a polling station during the general election in Northumberland, Britain, December 12, 2019. REUTERS/Lee Smith

“He hates dressing up, and the rain, and waiting for me to vote, and I think his face in this photo reflects how many of us feel this morning … having to think about politics when all we really want to do is stay indoors and eat mince pies.”

Singer Nerina Pallot was accompanied by her dog, Maggie – complete with Christmas sweater – as she cast her vote.



A dog is pictured at a polling station during the general election in Brighton, Britain, December 12, 2019. REUTERS/Paul Childs

A dog is pictured at a polling station during the general election in Brighton, Britain, December 12, 2019. REUTERS/Paul Childs

One of the more prominent voters – Prime Minister Boris Johnson – joined in with the trend, taking pet dog Dilyn with him when he cast his vote at Methodist Central Hall in the Cities of London and Westminster constituency.

And London Mayor Sadiq Khan had his dog, Luna, in tow as he turned up to vote.



A dog is pictured at a polling station during the general election in Brighton, Britain, December 12, 2019. REUTERS/Paul Childs

A dog is pictured at a polling station during the general election in Brighton, Britain, December 12, 2019. REUTERS/Paul Childs

In a video posted to Twitter he said: “My name is Sadiq Khan, I’m the Mayor of London. I’m here with Luna, we’re voting – make sure you do.”

There was a strong canine turnout in Dulwich Village in south-east London, where a picture posted to Twitter by Kate Turner showed eight dogs waiting outside one polling station.



Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson holds his dog Dilyn as he leaves a polling station, at the Methodist Central Hall, after voting in the general election in London, Britain, December 12, 2019. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson holds his dog Dilyn as he leaves a polling station, at the Methodist Central Hall, after voting in the general election in London, Britain, December 12, 2019. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

For those without dogs, there was an attempt to get other animals involved.

Liberal Democrat candidate Ed Davey tweeted: “Sadly no #dogsatpollingstations from me, but my family wanted Carrot the Guinea Pig to be involved… #GE2019”



Prime Minister Boris Johnson holds his dog, Dilyn, after casting his vote in the 2019 General Election at Methodist Central Hall, London. Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Prime Minister Boris Johnson holds his dog, Dilyn, after casting his vote in the 2019 General Election at Methodist Central Hall, London. Jonathan Brady/PA Wire


Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson holds his dog Dilyn as he leaves a polling station, at the Methodist Central Hall, after voting in the general election in London, Britain, December 12, 2019. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson holds his dog Dilyn as he leaves a polling station, at the Methodist Central Hall, after voting in the general election in London, Britain, December 12, 2019. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
Prime Minister Boris Johnson holds his dog, Dilyn, after casting his vote in the 2019 General Election at Methodist Central Hall, London. Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson holds his dog Dilyn as he leaves a polling station, at the Methodist Central Hall, after voting in the general election in London, Britain, December 12, 2019. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
Britain’s opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and his wife Laura Alvarez look on as a person in a costume of Sesame Street character Elmo waves, as they arrive at a polling station to vote in the general election in London, Britain, December 12, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
A person dressed as a Sesame Street character Elmo sits on a bench outside a polling station during the general election in London, Britain, December 12, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
A worker prepares a sign inside a polling station on general election day in London, Britain, December 12, 2019. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner
Clocks in London’s Canary Wharf financial centre strike 07:00 GMT, marking the time the polls open for Britain’s general election, London, Britain December 12, 2019. REUTERS/Russell Boyce
A polling station is set-up for voters in Heysham Hall in Lydd, Kent, as voters go to the polls in today’s general election. Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
A view of a polling station sign at Methodist Central Hall in London, as voters go to the polls in today’s general election. Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
A polling station is set-up for voters in Heysham Hall in Lydd, Kent, as voters go to the polls in the General Eelction. Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
A polling station is set-up for voters in Heysham Hall in Lydd, Kent, as voters go to the polls in the General Eelction Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
A voter leaves Woodlesford Methodist Chapel polling station in Yorkshire, as polls open in what has been billed as the most important General Election in a generation. Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Voters arrive early to vote in the 2019 General Election at Methodist Central Hall, London. PA Photo. Picture date: Thursday December 12, 2019. Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Reggie the cocker pop puppy waits in the dark outside a polling station in Chester-le-Street, County Durham. PA Photo. Picture date: Thursday December 12, 2019 Tom Wilkinson/PA Wire
A voter leaves Woodlesford Methodist Chapel polling station in Yorkshire, as polls open in what has been billed as the most important General Election in a generation. Danny Lawson/PA Wire
A voter arrives to cast his vote in the 2019 General Election at Methodist Central Hall, London. Rick Findler/PA Wire
A polling station is set-up for voters in Heysham Hall in Lydd, Kent, as voters go to the polls in the General Election. Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
A polling station is set-up for voters in Heysham Hall in Lydd, Kent, as voters go to the polls in the General Election. PA Photo. Picture date: Thursday December 12, 2019. See PA story POLITICS Election. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
A man arrives at a polling station, at the Methodist Central Hall, to vote in the general election in London, Britain, December 12, 2019. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

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