There’s a new cat in British politics, and he’s named after a former Labor Prime Minister.
Sir Lindsay Hoyle has named his new pet kitten after Clement Attlee, who is best known for helping to create the welfare state and the NHS in 1948.
The Speaker of the House is known for his love of animals and his wide range of pets, all named after key figures from across the political spectrum.
The naming of the four-month-old brown tabby Maine Coon means Sir Lindsay has two pets named after Conservative politicians and two after Labor MPs.
The Hoyle family lost Patrick, a Maine Coon named after fellow Tory colleague Lord Patrick McConack, when the 12-year-old tomcat died of a tumor earlier this year.
Sir Lindsay said that although Attlee had not been around long, he was already causing mischief.
“Attlee is just about the boldest, craziest life force imaginable, speeding through my office much to the amusement of my team, putting a smile on the face of doormen, cops, cleaners – and anyone who comes in contact with him “, he said.
“I still miss Patrick – who was my favorite pet – but Attlee, who we named after a former Prime Minister who founded the NHS, cheered us up to no end.”
Sir Lindsay also owns a parrot named Boris, a Patterdale Terrier named Betty and a turtle named Maggie.
An Instagram account was created for Attlee, which Sir Hoyle said he hopes will help rally animal lovers to democracy.
Attlee is not the first or only cat in British politics, joining Larry, the Chief Mouser of Downing Street, and following in the pawprints of Palmerston, the Foreign Office Chief Mouser who retired from Whitehall in 2020.
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