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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Cats to take over Westminster

Westminster already has a number of famous cats. Larry, Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office and Freya, who is George Osborne's cat are the best known, though there is also a cat resident in the Speaker's house, who I believe is called Order. Now the Independent has highlighted that there could be a lot more.

The paper says that Battersea Cats and Dogs Home have drawn up a list of their top mousers that could help solve Parliament's pest problem after yet another MP complained about mice and there could be as many as 160 of them:

For those who work in Parliament, sightings of mouse colonies are common and MPs have reported mounds of droppings as well as nibbled corners on official documents.

Pauline Latham, MP for Mid Derbyshire, is among a number of MPs who said they would like a cat to take back to their offices. She said: “Battersea Dogs & Cats Home do a fantastic job, and I would certainly love to have one of their cats come and take care of the mouse problem in my office.”

An excellent idea but I fear for the safety of those upholstered green and red benches if any of these cats should get into one of the debating chambers and start to sharpen their claws.
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