Blow for Larry the Cat as Boris Johnson ponders Downing Street dog
Boris Johnson’s brutal reshuffle may not be limited to humans, it has emerged.
The Prime Minister has told Downing Street staff that he is thinking of getting a dog.
That places a huge question mark over the future of Larry the cat.
Number 10’s chief mouser was brought into government by David Cameron, and kept his job when he was replaced by Theresa May.
But the news that Johnson could be set to bring in a dog means that the much-loved moggie’s days in Whitehall could be numbered.
The new PM revealed his controversial plan as he introduced himself to Downing Street employees.
A senior government source said Johnson told them he knew Larry and Foreign Office cat Palmerston did not get on.
“He said he was coming into the job in the spirit of reconciliation and then asked if they wanted him to get a dog - they all shouted ‘Yes!’,” said the source.
Asked when the mystery canine could arrive, the source said: “We’re still at the decision-making stage.”
The source refused to rule out the possibility that Larry could stay in post, but insisted he and the dog “would have to get along”.
Larry was not available for comment.
The new prime minister told staff that previously Number 10 cat "Larry" and the Foreign Office cat "Palmerston" - who he would have known from his time as foreign secretary - didn't get along.
But Mr Johnson said he was coming into office in the spirit of reconciliation.
He then asked the staff: "Do you want a dog?" And the staff replied: "Yes.
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