BORIS Johnson’s brutal reshuffle may not be limited to his cabinet.
Downing Street insiders have revealed that one of the first questions the new PM asked staff on taking up residence was whether they thought he should get a dog.
That might not go down well with Larry, the official 10 Downing Street cat and Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office.
Larry isn’t the kind of cat to suffer rivals. He was seen fighting with George Osborne’s cat Freya during the Cameron administration and has a long-running feud with his opposite number at the Foreign office, Palmerston.
“I love Larry and I have photographic evidence to prove it”
In one celebrated dust-up between the two, Larry lost his collar, while Palmerston suffered several deep scratches and a badly cut ear.
Things got so bad between the two that at one point Lord Blencathra tabled a question in the House of Lords as to why the government did not pay for Larry’s veterinary bill after a scrap with his FO rival.
Appointed in 2011, Larry has already outlasted two prime ministers: David Cameron and Theresa May.
Generally fairly laid-back, he made his political leanings clear when he brought US President Donald Trump’s motorcade to a standstill earlier this year.
Larry has become a celebrity in his own right, with an unofficial Twitter account which uses some of the thousands of pictures taken by press photographers documenting his comings, goings, and territorial scraps with rival political felines.
The source said no firm decisions on a dog had been taken and declined to comment on possible living arrangements alongside Larry.
“You can consider it a longer-term project,” the source said.
Larry appears to be taking the news in his stride. He was seen lying on a window ledge in Downing Street for most of the morning, according to an eyewitness.