Jeremy Corbyn has had enough trouble trying to control his MPs in the past few months, and now it seems a dog has given him the same challenge.
The Labour leader was pictured with Acer the Alsatian as he took time out to meet members of the public in Wales on Friday.
But Acer was clearly more interested in whatever was going on elsewhere and made a dash for it – dragging Corbyn with him.
Corbyn was forced to try and dodge around a mother and her pushchair, awkwardly wrapping his arms around her head as he grappled with the boisterous dog.
One onlooker said: ‘He was in a dreadful muddle.’
He had been visiting Wales after attending the funeral of veteran MP Paul Flynn who died February 17 at the age of 84.
Corbyn has had a rocky few months as party leader, and last month eight of his MPs quit the party to form the Independent Group.
Chuka Umunna, Luciana Berger, Chris Leslie, Angela Smith, Gavin Shuker, Mike Gapes and Ann Coffey all quit in protest at Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership over Brexit and the party’s handling of anti-Semitism allegations.
The following day, Joan Ryan became the eighth MP to quit the party and join the newly – formed group.
Corbyn said he ‘regretted’ their decision, and added he wanted the party to be ‘united’ around the policies they had put forward.
When asked what he would do differently to address the concerns of his MPs, Corbyn said: ‘Anyone who thinks they are not being consulted are not taking up, in my view, the opportunities that are available there and open and ready for them at all times to do that.
‘I’m always prepared to discuss policies with people in the party and I do all the time.’
The Conservative Party also had some defections, with Anna Soubry, Heidi Allen and Sarah Wollaston all resigning .