An Orpington therapy dog and News Shopper favourite was in parliament to raise awareness about the work he and his owner do.

Gunner, who recently won a Harriet Heart medal at Crufts, was joined by fellow furry friends who boasted about Therapy Dogs Nationwide on Tuesday, May 21.

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Lois Hyett, 67, who owns the seven-year-old German Shepard, takes Gunner to therapy sessions in places like schools, hospitals and nursing homes.

Speaking at Westminster, Orpington MP Jo Johnson said: "It was fantastic to see so many MPs and ministers celebrating the work of Therapy Dogs Nationwide.

"It was great to meet the charity’s volunteers and learn about the benefits of therapy dog sessions. I enjoyed meeting the dogs who were all exceptionally well behaved and who provide a calming influence for all at their sessions."

Lois said the parliamentary session was "fabulous" and she said she has been on a "complete high" ever since.

She also thanked MPs who attended including health secretary Matt Hancock and Prison Minister Robert Buckland and said it was lovely to meet fellow volunteers from across the country.

Gunner is a regular at Baycroft Grays care home in St Paul’s Cray and often visits St Mary Cray Primary School.