Larry the SpAd

Larry has spent the afternoon sleeping and scratching ITV’s Lucy Manning. According to the PMS’s afternoon update: “The PM has met the cat, he’s held the cat. It’s early days in their relationship.” Andrew Sparrow has been digging in the veritable litter tray of who is paying for Larry. Apparently it’s coming out of the Number 10 staff kitty:

“They tell me that Larry is “for Number 10”. In other words, he’s an office cat. And are the Camerons paying for his food? It appears not. The costs of the cat will be met by “Downing Street staff”, I’m told. The taxpayer won’t be paying. But the Camerons won’t be buying the cat food themselves either. (Cameron isn’t “Downing Street staff”.) So Larry is not an official civil service cat, and he’s not a member of the Cameron family either. He’s somewhere in-between – the feline equivalent of a SPAD.”


Well done to Dave Woolf who, so far, is in the lead for the Lolz cat poster contest and will be getting the Bruichladdich scotch unless something inspired comes in over night…




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Stephen Bush writing in the New Statesman‘s morning briefing…

“The terrifying truth is that the Opposition is too divided – within the parliamentary party, within the trades unions, within the Shadow Cabinet and even within the leader’s office – to be anything other than a veto player as far as Brexit goes, and the party’s whole gambit is really about trying to make that weakness look like a strength. Keir Starmer saying that Labour is “increasingly likely” to vote down the deal is simply a reflection of the fact that the one thing the Labour party will be able to agree on as far as Brexit goes is that Theresa May’s deal is no good.”

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