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Foreign Office takes on Palmerston as 'chief mouser'

Tuesday April 12th 2016

The Foreign Office is getting its own cat to help keep the rats, mice and other pests in Whitehall at bay.

Recruited from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, the moggy, named Palmerston, will join the government department with the title of "chief mouser".

The cat is apparently named after Viscount Palmerston, who was foreign secretary almost 200 years ago before twice serving as prime minister.

A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokeswoman said: "Palmerston is HM Diplomatic Service's newest arrival and in the role of FCO chief mouser will assist our pest controllers in keeping down the number of mice in our King Charles Street building.

"Palmerston's domestic posting will have zero cost to the public purse as a staff kitty will be used to pay for him and all aspects of his welfare.

"We have worked closely with Battersea Dogs and Cats Home on Palmerston's deployment and they have inspected his new home, as they do for all potential new owners of their rescue cats."

Palmerston will be in good company in Whitehall, living just yards away from Larry, David Cameron's cat in Downing Street.

Copyright Press Association 2016