Sir Lindsay Hoyle has named his new pet kitten after former Labour prime minister Clement Attlee.
The Speaker of the House is known for his love of animals and his wide array of pets, all named after key figures from across the political spectrum.
The naming of the four-month-old brown tabby Maine Coon means that Sir Lindsay has two pets named after Conservative politicians and two named after Labour MPs.
The Hoyle family lost Patrick, a Maine Coon named after Tory peer Lord Patrick McCormack when the 12-year-old cat died from a tumor earlier this year.
He said: “Attlee is just the boldest, craziest, life-force you can imagine, he races around my office, much to the amusement of my team, and brings a smile to the face of doorkeepers, police officers, cleaners – and everyone who comes into contact with him.
“I still miss Patrick – who was my favorite pet – but Attlee, who we named after a former prime minister who created the NHS, has cheered us up no end.”
An Instagram account has been created for Attlee which Sir Lindsay said he hopes will help to engage animal lovers with democracy.
Sir Lindsay also owns a parrot named Boris, a Patterdale Terrier named Betty, and a tortoise named Maggie.
One wonders how the Chief Mouser at Number 10 Downing Street feels about the feline competition!
Many may not know that the Speak of the House actually lives in the Palace of Westminster. We got a behind-the-scenes tour last month – read it here!