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See the cutest dogs at polling stations in East Anglia

PUBLISHED: 11:57 12 December 2019 | UPDATED: 17:57 12 December 2019

Bailey was up bright and early to go to the polling station. Picture: KAREN RHODES/LUXURY DOG HAMPERS

Bailey was up bright and early to go to the polling station. Picture: KAREN RHODES/LUXURY DOG HAMPERS

KAREN RHODES/LUXURY DOG HAMPERS

Dogs at polling stations are once again a big social media trend for the General Election - with owners posting photos of their pets.

Hunter and mum Saffy are pictured at a polling station in the Bury St Edmunds area Picture: DERMOT O'RIORDANHunter and mum Saffy are pictured at a polling station in the Bury St Edmunds area Picture: DERMOT O'RIORDAN

Although our four-legged friends might not get a vote, they were taking the lead and stealing a lot of the attention today as voters turned out around Suffolk and north Essex.

Karen Rhodes of Coddenham, founder of Luxury Dog Hampers, took a photo of her pet Bailey early this morning. She posted: "Bailey was up bright and early to come with me this morning. He came inside with me and a kind person held him while I voted."

Captain at Rattlesden Picture: JANE OLIVECaptain at Rattlesden Picture: JANE OLIVE

Jacqueline French commented in her tweet: "Buxton would have voted not to go out in the drizzle in Ipswich today!"

Ava and Molly at Martlesham Pavilion. Picture: BRIDGET BURKEAva and Molly at Martlesham Pavilion. Picture: BRIDGET BURKE

Rebecca and Richard Thornton sent in a photo of their pet dog, Pete, at the Kingfisher Pub polling station in Hawthorn Drive. Pete is a social media star, with his own Instagram account, @Pete.thedog.

Ty the Staffie at Hatfield Road in Ipswich Picture: CHRIS HASLOPTy the Staffie at Hatfield Road in Ipswich Picture: CHRIS HASLOP

Jo Hambling also sent in a picture of her German Shepherd cross rescue dog, Skipper, and said: "We took to the polling station at 7.15 this morning - in the frost - to make sure our vote was posted. We voted at Alan Road Methodist Church in Ipswich."

Rudy was at Canterbury Road in New Town, Colchester today Picture: JAKE FOXFORDRudy was at Canterbury Road in New Town, Colchester today Picture: JAKE FOXFORD

And Bridget Burke tweeted a photo of two dogs, Ava and Molly, standing outside Martlesham Pavilion.

Skipper at the polling station at Alan Road Methodist Church in Ipswich Picture: JO HAMBLINGSkipper at the polling station at Alan Road Methodist Church in Ipswich Picture: JO HAMBLING

Ness Butler shared a photo of her two dogs in their pretty pink coats, and said: "Voted at Broomhill on our morning walk. Certainly wouldn't dream of leaving them alone outside, my husband and I took it in turns to go in to vote."

Pete at the Kingfisher pub polling station Picture: REBECCA AND RICHARD THORNTONPete at the Kingfisher pub polling station Picture: REBECCA AND RICHARD THORNTON

Meanwhile, West Suffolk Council was encouraging voters to post their dog photos, and tweeted some pictures of pooches around their area.

Sweep the Cocker Spaniel at a polling station in Saxmundham. Picture: SYLVIA PAPWORTHSweep the Cocker Spaniel at a polling station in Saxmundham. Picture: SYLVIA PAPWORTH

Outside the Old School Community Centre in Clare Picture: PAMELA BROOMHALLOutside the Old School Community Centre in Clare Picture: PAMELA BROOMHALL

Digby at Alan Road Methodist Church in Ipswich Picture: JESSICA UNDERWOODDigby at Alan Road Methodist Church in Ipswich Picture: JESSICA UNDERWOOD

Ness Butler's dogs looking very fashionable at Broomhill in Ipswich Picture: NESS BUTLERNess Butler's dogs looking very fashionable at Broomhill in Ipswich Picture: NESS BUTLER

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