Evie the cat joins Westminster ranks to tackle pest problem

Written by Nicholas Mairs on 9 December 2016 in Diary

The Cabinet Office is the latest government department to get its own mouser.

Westminster mice are facing a fresh blow, after Whitehall added its latest recruit in a bid to control the pest population.

Evie the cat joins Larry, Palmerston and Gladstone in the ranks of Westminster mousers, taking the Cabinet Office beat.

The low-key nature of the black and white mog’s arrival is said to be a result of past scuffles between Downing Street’s mouser-in-chief Larry, and Palmerston of the Foreign Office.

As the longest serving, Larry has occupied a place in No 10 longer than Theresa May, while Palmerston was brought in after then-foreign office chief Philip Hammond insisted the growing pest problem had given officials “paws for thought”.



Evie is named after Dame Evelyn Sharp – the first ever female civil service permanent secretary.

Her inauguration to the Westminster animal kingdom follows PHammond’s decision to move his dogs, Rex and Oscar, into Downing Street, and the more controversial move by chief whip Gavin Williamson, whose tarantula Cronus was at the centre of a media storm in recent weeks.

Following claims the spider was unable to stay in his tank on the Tory MP’s desk, Williamson insisted it was only right that Cronus be given right to remain.

"Everyone is obsessed with Palmerston and Larry the cat, but in the Whip’s office we have a proper pet," he said.

"I’ve had Cronus since he was a spider-ling, so I have a very paternal sort of approach. It’s very much the same sort of love and care that I give to my spider as I give to all MPs.”



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