Downing Street cat is not unloved, says No 10
NewsMonday 30 September 2013
A recently released book has stated that Larry, the Downing Street cat (not pictured), is disliked by the prime minister and his family, and is merely a PR prop.
However, Number 10 has officially denied these claims and a spokesperson has said that Larry was “very popular with everyone” in the building.
The claims were made in a book written by journalist Matthew d’Ancona.
It was thought that Larry could have lost his place in the home due to his lackadaisical approach to catching mice. He was initially brought in to carry out these duties, however, was often spotted asleep on the job for several hours back in November 2011.
However, it was confirmed by Downing Street, last year, that the six-year-old rescue cat, who was who was re-homed from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home in February 2011, had recorded his first kill.
Mr d’Ancona’s book was titled In it Together and was all about the inside story of the coalition government. And, after the release of the book, which contained statements about the cat, a “savelarry” hashtag then became popular on Twitter.
On Saturday, in response to the hashtag, a spokesperson for the prime minister said that the allegations that Larry wasn’t liked were “totally untrue”.
When speaking to the BBC, the spokesperson said: "He is very popular with everyone in the building and we all get on purr-fectly well.”
On Saturday, Ladbrokes today gave Mr Cameron 1/2 odds of leaving Downing Street first with Larry the cat on 6/4.
Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: "This is a new low for Cameron during his time as PM, and despite his dislike for the cat, we favour Larry to outlast him at Number 10."