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Twitter account for dog of Brentwood Council member

Karen Chilvers and dog
Image caption Bailey the dog, owned by Karen Chilvers, has more than 300 followers on Twitter

A councillor involved in monitoring the decisions of local authority leaders has set up a Twitter account for her dog.

Bailey was due to be put down when he was offered a home by Liberal Democrat Karen Chilvers.

Ms Chilvers is chairman of the Conservative-run Brentwood Borough Council's overview and scrutiny committee.

But she says Bailey's twitter feed will be "non political".

"I am a bit of a mad dog woman," said Ms Chilvers, who is also on the authority's licensing committee. "But being a politician a lot of people think we're all middle aged men in suits.

"I want to show we can be quite normal and have dogs."

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