For the past 10 years, Larry has been prowling the gutters and sewers of Downing Street seeking out pests and cuffing rodents. The cat has loyally served three prime ministers —David Cameron, Theresa May and Boris Johnson.
It has bonded with them all and watched great and powerful leaders come and go. Larry even had to wear a Union Jack bow tie at moments of national importance.
Larry was adopted from Battersea Cats’ Home on 15 February 2011 when Downing Street urgently sent a request for “a top cat to deal with an infestation at the heart of government”.
The Downing Street website describes Larry’s duties as “greeting guests to the house, inspecting security defences, and testing antique furniture for napping quality”. It says he is “contemplating a solution to the mouse occupancy of the house” and has told Downing Street that such a solution is still in the “tactical planning stage”
In July 2015, George Osborne and Cabinet Office Minister Matt Hancock cornered a mouse in the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s office, trapping it in a brown paper sandwich bag. The press joked that the Chancellor of the Exchequer might take over the Chief Mouser position.
David Cameron explained during his final Prime Minister’s Questions in 2016 that Larry is a civil servant and not his personal property, so it would not leave Downing Street after a change of premier. The Labour Party had at that time confirmed that in the event of a Labour government, Larry would remain as Chief Mouser.
Larry has met international leaders including Barack Obama and Donald Trump. It is not known whether Larry met Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth or former PM Dr Navin Ramgoolam during their visits to the British Premier.
Mimi the Cat at Ki News wishes Larry a happy anniversary.