Martin’s trib­ute to slain MP

Meet Vader, the Labrador with a colour that’s on the dark side who has trav­elled 15,000 miles to Force his way into the heart of a Star Wars fan from Bal­loch.....

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West Dun­bar­ton­shire MP Martin Docherty-Hughes has paid trib­ute to fel­low MP Jo Cox who was trag­i­cally killed.

The SNP politi­cian said the mum-of two — who was shot and stabbed in her West York­shire con­stituency — was a “thor­oughly de­cent per­son”.

Mr Docherty-Hughes said: “I was shocked to hear of the death of my col­league Jo Cox A globe trot­ting pooch who racked up 15,000 miles look­ing for a lov­ing home has fi­nally set­tled — in Bal­loch.

Lov­able Vader, who has his own pass­port, is mak­ing up for lost time by show­er­ing his new owner Jen Gray with plenty of sloppy kisses and cud­dles fol­low­ing his mam­moth trip around the world.

The 10-year-old black labrador be­gan his life in Kent be­fore be­ing whisked off to Dubai and then be­ing handed over to an­other owner who didn’t look af­ter him very well.

Af­ter be­ing res­cued by Jen’s friend in Dubai, he flew back to the UK be­fore his new owner de­cided she couldn’t keep him any more ei­ther.

Jen, who owns the Dry­men Inn, con­tacted the Len­nox Her­ald to nom­i­nate the adorable lab — whose full name is Darth Vader — for our Pet of the Week com­pe­ti­tion fol­low­ing his ad­ven­tur­ous life.

She said: “We went over to see my friend in Bathgate for a catch up and when she said Vader was go­ing up for adop­tion, I said: ‘No we’ll take him’.

“We ended up leav­ing with Vader in our car and we have com­pletely fallen in love with him. MP. On the oc­ca­sions we met, she al­ways said hello and asked how I was.

“I found Jo to be a thor­oughly de­cent per­son and she was very pas­sion­ate about rep­re­sent­ing her con­stituents, in the com­mu­nity where she grew up.”

The MP was tar­geted as she left a surgery in Birstall Li­brary. She was stabbed and shot three times by a

“My part­ner Stu­art loves Star Wars so as soon as he heard he was called Darth Vader, he was smit­ten.

“We love him so much and be­ing an older dog he causes no fuss—just loves a swim in the loch with his ball and get­ting his tummy rubbed.

“My part­ner has two kids and we have a baby on the way and he is just such a gen­tle­men and mas­sive part of our life now.

“He has been re­ally pro­tec­tive of me while I’ve been preg­nant.”

Vader’s first fam­ily moved from Dubai to Kent when he was young but left him in Dubai when they moved on again to Aus­tralia.

Jen, who also lived in Dubai for 10 years, con­tin­ued: “He wasn’t very well looked af­ter at all and was just left in the apart­ment and fed a ter­ri­ble diet.

“He must have had a re­ally mis­er­able life and my friend even­tu­ally res­cued him.

“He was ex­tremely obese at that point and she brought him back to the UK.”

Jen con­tin­ued: “I think he started with a nice life in the be­gin­ning. He is very well trained and good na­tured.

“He’s al­ways so happy to see you and all he wants you to do is roll about on the floor with him.”

She added: “We couldn’t imag­ine ever giv­ing up on him and want the last part of his life to be his best.”

We went to see Vader and ended up leav­ing with him. We’re to­tally in love with him

man re­ported to have yelled “Bri­tain first” as he at­tacked her.

Ms Cox, 41, had spent the morn­ing giv­ing an assem­bly at a lo­cal pri­mary school be­fore she at­tended the planned surgery.

Mr Docherty-Hughes said: “Jo was murdered com­ing from her surgery in Birstall Li­brary and the most fit­ting trib­ute I can think of is to con­tinue work­ing as nor­mal.

“I will con­tinue to hold my surg­eries at our lo­cal li­braries across Cly­de­bank, Dum­bar­ton and the Vale of Leven and visit con­stituents and I will carry out my du­ties in West­min­ster on be­half of the com­mu­ni­ties of West Dun­bar­ton­shire.

“My thoughts and those of the whole par­lia­ment are with her fam­ily and her team at this ter­ri­ble time.”

Thomas Mair, 52, has ap­peared in court charged with Ms Cox’s mur­der.

A new hope Vader now lives with Jen Gray in Bal­loch

Tragic Jo Cox, Labour MP for Bately and Spen

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