Larry the cat celebrates 10 years at 10 Downing Street | UK News

As a scene-stealer, he is purrfect.

Larry the Downing Street Cat would not solely upstage prime ministers, visiting US presidents and different world leaders, but in addition political correspondents.

As he marks 10 years at No. 10, today Larry is aware of precisely the place the TV cameras are and the place to place himself in order that he usually seems in the nation’s residing rooms in TV bulletins and at main set-piece political occasions.

A seasoned veteran of the UK's political scene, being held by Jon Craig
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A seasoned veteran of the UK’s political scene, being held by Jon Craig

Not surprisingly, as the UK’s high A-list purrlitical movie star, Larry has posed for pictures on the tenth anniversary of his arrival at Downing Street from Battersea Canine and Cats Residence.

Modesty just isn’t Larry’s factor. He tells his 438,000 twitter followers: “Chief Mouser to the Cupboard Workplace. I am a 14 yr previous tabby, in place longer than the chief of any UK political social gathering.”

He likes to level out that Prime Ministers come and go – he is now on his third: David Cameron, Theresa Could and Boris Johnson – however after a decade in Downing Street, he is undisputed high cat.

Larry had a feud with Palmerston, the former Foreign Office mouser
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Larry had a feud with Palmerston, the former International Workplace mouser

He has additionally seen off Palmerston, the International Workplace cat, and Freya, the very feisty feline who belonged to the Osbornes when George was Chancellor from 2010-16.

He is not shy about his anniversary, both, tweeting: “I arrived in Downing Street precisely 10 years in the past right now. It is felt like my housemates have been intent on making a multitude of issues since then, however hopefully I’ve supplied some stability. Time to get to work on the second decade!”

Not surprisingly, Larry has been an everyday on Sky News over the previous decade. That is paws for thought.

On one event, nonetheless, after political commentator Matthew d’Ancona claimed Larry was merely a public relations prop and was disliked by the Cameron household, I attempted to tempt him out of No. 10 with a bowl of milk for an unique interview.

Jon Craig unsuccessfully tries to lure Larry out of No. 10
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Jon Craig unsuccessfully tries to lure Larry out of No. 10

For as soon as, Larry was digital camera shy, however Freya – the Osbornes’ cat – turned up and helped herself to the milk as an alternative.

Freya, who belonged to the Osbornes, swooped in to get the milk
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Freya, who belonged to the Osbornes, swooped in to get the milk

To dispel the beastly rumours, Mr Cameron posed for a relatively awkward photograph with Larry on his knee, prompting claims that he regarded like Bond villain Blofeld stroking an equally villainous-looking cat.

Rumours of a split in Downing Street during the coalition years were put to bed by this picture of David Cameron and Larry
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Rumours of a cut up in Downing Street throughout the coalition years have been put to mattress by this image of David Cameron and his No. 10 colleague

Day or night time, Larry turns up when the cameras are in Downing Street. It may be barely off-putting when he rubs round the ankles throughout a dwell broadcast.

Larry has kept reporters company on a many a long night covering the Prime Minister
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Larry has stored reporters firm on a many an extended night time masking the prime minister

There’s clearly one thing about the TV lights that tempt Larry out of the entrance door in the night, as my Sky News colleague Tom Rayner found.

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How Larry the cat will get into Downing St

He is not simply hungry for publicity, both. Two days after Christmas some years again, Larry stole one among my turkey sandwiches once I left them on the wall once I was urgently known as upon for a dwell broadcast whereas consuming my lunch.

He then furtively hid below the Christmas tree.

Larry can be seen hiding underneath the Christmas tree after swiping Jon Craig's sandwich
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Larry could be seen hiding beneath the Christmas tree after swiping Jon Craig’s sandwich

Thoughts you, when there are not any turkey sandwiches carelessly left on the wall, Larry is glad to fetch himself some pigeon pie.

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Quantity 10’s chief mouser Larry scuffles with pigeon

Ever vigilant and ever current. As Larry himself says, here is to the subsequent decade!