Monday 26 September 2016

Paws in hostilities after fur flies between rival Whitehall cats

Published 21/07/2016 | 13:21

Larry the cat in Downing Street has reportedly been fighting with Palmerston from the Foreign Office
Larry the cat in Downing Street has reportedly been fighting with Palmerston from the Foreign Office

The top cats in Whitehall have apparently ceased hostilities after a "fracas", new Commons Leader David Lidington has reassured MPs.

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Larry the Downing Street mouse catcher and the latest cat on the block, Palmerston from the Foreign Office, were recently seen fighting.

Mr Lidington used the business statement in the Commons to update the House on the pair's relationship in the days since Theresa May and Boris Johnson took to their new offices.

"I have to say, I saw some reports in the media that (Larry) had been involved in a fracas with the Foreign Office cat, but I hope that they have now established a modus vivendi."

The former Foreign Office minister added that he can "completely reassure" MPs about the Prime Minister's good intentions towards Larry.

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