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Downing Street cat drawn into political fight for his residence in London

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by Peter Barnes

On Friday, Larry, the treasured tabby-and-white street cat who lives in Downing Street, was drawn into the political conflict in Britain after a top candidate for the position of prime minister pondered about moving in with her four felines. 

Penny Mordaunt, who is the bookmaker’s favorite to replace Boris Johnson in the famed mansion, recently disclosed in an online forum that she is the proud owner of a quartet of Burmese cats. When asked what her greatest vulnerability is, she cited her affection for Burmese cats.

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During the question-and-answer session that was hosted by the website for the Conservative Home, she stated that “Introducing them into Number 10 would provide some issues with Larry.”

Larry is a rock of the British political scene and has been a dominant figure in Downing Street for the better part of a decade.

David Cameron, Theresa May, and Boris Johnson, all members of the Conservative Party, have held the office of prime minister while he was in charge.

In 2011, at the age of four, he arrived after having been adopted from an animal shelter in London and selected for his mouse-catching abilities.

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He has been given the position of Chief Mouser, and he also maintains his own unofficial Twitter account under the handle @Number10cat, which has more than 635,000 followers.

Larry took to social media earlier this month to “clarify a few things” in response to the scandal-tainted Johnson’s announcement that he will quit once a replacement is chosen. Johnson had made the announcement just before Larry.

“1. I’m not ‘Boris Johnson’s cat’ 2. Like all prime ministers, he’s only a temporary resident of Downing Street 3. I live here permanently.

When he finally goes, I stay 4. Yes, it’s all very embarrassing but it will be over soon,” @Number10cat tweeted.


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