10 under four prime ministers, from 1973-1986. Video, How Joe Biden's ancestral Irish home is celebrating, New light shed on Darwin's 'abominable mystery', Trudeau conveys pipeline 'disappointment' to Biden, EU vaccine woes mount as new delays emerge, Iran's leader threatens to attack golfing Trump, security guards having to step in to rescue Palmerston in October 2016. On 14 February 2011, it was reported that a cat called "Larry" had been brought in to address the problem. [3] In 2012, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home revealed that Larry's popularity had resulted in a surge of 15% more people adopting cats. Here, he quickly gained a reputation for being a bit, ahem, shall we say, feisty? [37] Larry was almost fired from his position in 2012, when he failed to react to a mouse spotted in Cameron's study. Much like the Queen, Larry has had to work with many a Prime Minister, including David Cameron and Theresa May. Larry The Cat. Created with Sketch. 10 Downing Street tabby cat, will stay on even as Prime Minister David Cameron, who brought him in to deal with a rodent problem in 2011, moves out. Later that year, it was revealed that Larry spent more time sleeping than hunting for mice, and shared the company of a female cat, Maisie. Johnson is reportedly looking to get a dog too, but he'll have to find one that can get along with Larry. [39], A book, written in character as Larry, Larry Diaries: Downing Street – the First 100 Days by former Guardian journalist James Robinson was published in 2011. Adopted in 2011, Larry the cat has become a fixture at 10 Downing Street. It says he is "contemplating a solution to the mouse occupancy of the house" and has told Downing Street that such a solution is still in the "tactical planning stage". THIS is the hilarious moment Larry the Downing Street cat photobombed the news as he demanded to be let in to No10. [40], A picture gallery to celebrate Larry's first two years in office was produced by The Daily Telegraph. Larry the cat has been seen with his haunches raised, clearly uneasy around Palmerston. UK PM calls in Larry the cat to catch the rats. © 2021 BBC. This led to Conservative MP Alan Clark using a parliamentary question to ask Mr Blair to outline what "steps were taken by Cabinet Office staff to establish the state of health of Humphrey the cat, prior to his departure from Downing Street". A cross-species special relationship or a classic case of feline indifference? Assuming office inside 10 Downing Street on February 15th 2011 Larry the Cat is the Chief Mouser to the Cabinet. But … Larry was the first cat to hold the appointment since stalwart ratter Humphrey was retired in 1997. Probably one of the most famous pets in politics, Larry the Downing Street Cat is a stalwart of Number 10. After the Supreme Court ruled Prime Minister Boris Johnson had acted illegally and lied to the Queen, Larry wanted to calm the nation’s fears. Since 2011, the ‘Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office’, has, you guessed it, been chasing mice and rats away from the Prime Minister’s official residence. [26] In November 2014, Freya left Downing Street, leaving Larry with the sole mousing responsibility.[27]. .css-1xgx53b-Link{font-family:ReithSans,Helvetica,Arial,freesans,sans-serif;font-weight:700;-webkit-text-decoration:none;text-decoration:none;color:#FFFFFF;}.css-1xgx53b-Link:hover,.css-1xgx53b-Link:focus{-webkit-text-decoration:underline;text-decoration:underline;}Read about our approach to external linking. The then four-year-old arrived from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home - his mouse-catching skills honed from his time as a stray. This involves the placement of the lectern, all the necessary cables and audio equipment and making sure that Larry, the Downing Street cat was out of harm's way. [33] During the fight, Larry lost his collar, whilst Palmerston suffered from several deep scratches and a badly cut ear. Larry the Downing St cat shunted by PM for being a uselss mouse catcher David Cameron has sacked Larry the Downing Street cat as No.10's chief mouse catcher. Busy Mouser. Johnson took office earlier this week, walking through the black front door of Number 10 Downing Street for the first time after setting out a desire to defy his critics over Brexit and bring a decisive new leadership style to Britain’s top job. 26 Jul 2019. Alex Horton. Larry The Cat Takes A Nap, Extends President Trump's Visit To 10 Downing Street Downing Street has an official cat — Larry. [10] In October 2013, Larry caught four mice in two weeks and one staff member rescued a mouse from his clutches. Mr Cameron was actually responsible for bringing Larry to Downing Street in 2011. B efore and after the election, he was seen trotting around … Larry the Cat @Number10cat I realise that some of you will find the video of me (almost) catching a pigeon distressing - the good people @Natures_Voice have put together this advice for cat owners: How to Stop Cats Catching & Killing Birds | Cat Owners Advice - The RSPB A range of fairly simple measures can be recommended to help to reduce the risk of cats catching garden birds, … PM Boris Johnson in brutal Cabinet reshuffle Boris Johnson's entire reshuffle in full The DU Lounge (Forum) … Aides announced that Lola got on well with both Larry and Freya. LONDON — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has suggested getting a dog for his Downing Street office to join current resident Larry the Cat. Cameras set up outside Downing Street awaiting press conferences by the PM often capture Larry lounging in the sun on the cobblestones or bathing himself at the front door. In 2016, Palmerston—a black-and-white tuxedo cat named after 19th-century Prime Minister Lord Palmerston—was hired as the Foreign & Commonwealth Office's Chief Mouser. Nevertheless, bookmakers Ladbrokes made Cameron the odds-on (1/2) favourite to leave Downing Street first, with Larry as the 6/4 outsider. Larry, a famous cat who lives around 10 Downing Street, the official residence of the Prime Minister of Great Britain, is known as the “Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office. Peter was succeeded by two more Peters and a Peta, who caused a rift in No 10 because of her lack of toilet training. 0:41. It's been speculated the Prime Minister is hoping to get a dog for 10 Downing Street. Soon after he was taken in at Downing Street, a story ran in the press claiming that Larry was a lost cat and that the original owner had started a campaign to retrieve him. We need to ask Champ and Major about this. David Cameron has said that Larry is a "bit nervous" around men, speculating that, since Larry was a rescue cat, this may be due to negative experiences in his past. [21][29] The Leader of the House commented that he hoped that Palmerston and Larry would establish a "modus vivendi". [38] His lack of killer instinct also earned him the nickname "Lazy Larry" by the tabloid press. On his first day on the job, Larry scratched a journalist. Larry the Downing Street cat AP This could be a cat-astrophe! Larry the Cat granted a license to kill by Britain's PM Larry the Cat, a four-year-old tabby tasked with ridding the British Prime Minister's residence of rats, is settling into his new job. The incoming prime minister had to share his home with the veteran Humphrey, who had already been patrolling the corridors for eight years when the Blairs moved in. British Larry the Cat wants to join the Biden White House :) (Original post) steve2470: 10 min ago: OP: We need to ask Champ and Major about this. ITV News reporter Lucy Manning paid a … Created with Sketch. [32] Baroness Chisholm of Owlpen, the government's spokesman in the Lords, said: "The costs were met by staff through voluntary staff donations due to their affection for Larry. This involves the placement of the lectern, all the necessary cables and audio equipment and making sure that Larry, the Downing Street cat was out of harm's way. [19][20] When Theresa May became Prime Minister in 2016, there were concerns that Larry was stressed and could be missing the Cameron family. Trending petitions. Share. [23][24], In June 2012, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne was reunited with his long lost cat Freya, who moved into 11 Downing Street. Larry was the first cat to hold the appointment since stalwart ratter Humphrey was retired in 1997. Larry the Downing Street cat has again reassured Britain that he is now running the country. The cute brown and white tabby who has now served under both May and David Cameron, having arrived in 2011 as chief mouser, was carried off just a few minutes before the PM emerged. Larry, the Downing Street cat, sits outside the front door of 10 Downing Street, the official residence of Britain's Prime Minister, in London on September 2, 2019. Cameron posted to Twitter saying that he and Larry got on "purr-fectly well". Larry the Downing Street cat throws diplomatic shade under Trump’s limo. It was reported that Cameron objected to cat hair on his suit, and the smell of cat food had to be disguised by air freshener when Downing Street had visitors. 2 Min Read [34], In December 2020, the tabby stalked a pigeon outside Boris Johnson’s official residence, and even managed to catch it. 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Send a Facebook message. DBoon (17,619 posts) 1. But her home was not No 10, but No 11 with Chancellor Alistair Darling. Freya the cat prowls Downing Street for the first time... and there's no sign of a scrap with the Prime Minister's pet Larry Ever since David Cameron replaced Gordon Brown as Prime Minister, there has … We would like to show you a description here but the site won’t allow us. Larry the Downing Street cat has again reassured Britain that he is now running the country. 10 under four prime ministers, from 1973-1986. He's been a regular fixture on Downing Street during Mrs May's time as Prime Minister. Could the PM's new pooch mean goodbye to Larry the cat? … Jump directly to the content . Busy Mouser. In November 2014, George Osborne's cat Freya was removed from Downing Street leaving Larry as the Chief Mouser. Larry the cat currently holds the official role of chief mouser to the Cabinet Office, a position that's said to date back hundreds of years. Reply to this post. Picture: PA Asked about Larry, Mr Javid admitted: "Larry is a bit territorial, I've got to say. [37] At one point in 2011, mice were so endemic in Downing Street that the Prime Minister, David Cameron, resorted to throwing a fork at one during a Cabinet dinner. Larry the … Larry the cat picks on the PM's new dog, the Chancellor revealed. Larry was selected by former Conservative PM … [5], The Downing Street website describes Larry's duties as "greeting guests to the house, inspecting security defences, and testing antique furniture for napping quality". The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. In 2011, Larry was banned from the Prime Minister's quarters in 10 Downing Street as his fur was ruining the Prime Minister's fresh suits. Hundreds detained at Navalny protests in Russia, How Joe Biden's ancestral Irish home is celebrating. The press joked that the Chancellor of the Exchequer might take over the Chief Mouser position.[12]. Reports from the countryside suggested he had "responded very well and put on weight". In 2014, Osborne brought in a pet dog, Lola. He is a brown-and-white tabby, believed to have been born in January 2007. 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