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Cameron Hires Cat Larry to Catch Downing Street Rats

David Cameron gave into the pleas of his children and some of his staff and appointed Larry, a rescued stray tabby, as the official prime ministerial cat.

Controversy over whether the premier’s central London residence and office at 10 Downing Street needed a pet has raged since at least the start of the year, when a large black rat was shown on television running past the front door. Shortly afterward, Cameron’s spokesman, Steve Field, said there were “pro-cat” and “anti-cat” factions at No. 10.