Parliament has a new cat and he’s named after a Labour prime minister


Sir Lindsay is known for his love of animals and Attlee is just the latest edition to his collection of pets (Picture: PA)

There’s a new cat in British politics, and he’s named after a former Labour prime minister.

Sir Lindsay Hoyle has named his new pet kitten after Clement Attlee, who is best known for helping to create the welfare state and NHS in 1948.

The Speaker of the House is known for his love of animals and his wide array of pets, which are all named after key figures from across the political spectrum.

The naming of the four-month-old brown tabby Maine Coon means that Sir Lindsay has two pets named after Conservative politicians and two named after Labour MPs.

The Hoyle family lost Patrick, a Maine Coon named after Tory peer Lord Patrick McComack, when the 12-year-old cat died from a tumour earlier this year.

Sir Lindsay said even though he hadn’t been around long Attlee was already causing mischief.


ONE EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO SALES. NO ARCHIVING. NO ALTERING OR MANIPULATING. NO USE ON SOCIAL MEDIA UNLESS AGREED BY HOC PHOTOGRAPHY SERVICE. MANDATORY CREDIT: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor Handout photo issued by UK Parliament of Sergeant Lance Chenery of the Metropolitan Police with the Speaker of the House of Commons Sir Lindsay Hoyle (left) with his new kitten Attlee, named after former Labour Prime Minister, Clement Attlee. Issue date: Sunday June 19, 2022. The naming of the four-month-old brown tabby Maine Coon means that Sir Lindsay has two pets named after Conservative politicians and two named after Labour MPs. See PA story POLITICS Hoyle. Photo credit should read: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Attlee has reportedly been making lots of people smile around Parliament (Picture: PA)

ONE EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO SALES. NO ARCHIVING. NO ALTERING OR MANIPULATING. NO USE ON SOCIAL MEDIA UNLESS AGREED BY HOC PHOTOGRAPHY SERVICE. MANDATORY CREDIT: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor Handout photo issued by UK Parliament of Speaker of the House of Commons Sir Lindsay Hoyle's new kitten Attlee, named after former Labour Prime Minister, Clement Attlee. Issue date: Sunday June 19, 2022. The naming of the four-month-old brown tabby Maine Coon means that Sir Lindsay has two pets named after Conservative politicians and two named after Labour MPs. See PA story POLITICS Hoyle. Photo credit should read: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Attlee has already been making himself at home around Parliament (Picture: PA)

‘Attlee is just the boldest, craziest, life-force you can imagine, he races around my office, much to the amusement of my team, and brings a smile to the face of doorkeepers, police officers, cleaners – and everyone who comes into contact with him,’ he said.

‘I still miss Patrick – who was my favourite pet – but Attlee, who we named after a former prime minister who created the NHS, has cheered us up no end.’

Sir Lindsay also owns a parrot named Boris, a Patterdale Terrier named Betty, and a tortoise named Maggie.

An Instagram account has been created for Attlee which Sir Hoyle said he hopes will help to engage animal lovers with democracy.

Attlee is not British Politics’ first or only cat, he joins Larry, Downing Street’s Chief Mouser and follows in the pawprints of Palmerston, the Foreign Office’s Chief Mouser who retired from Whitehall in 2020.

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