Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle names new kitten after ex-Labour PM Clement Attlee

Sir Lindsay Hoyle has been cheered after the death of his favourite pet by the arrival of a new kitten – named after ex-Labour prime minister Clement Attlee.

The animal-loving Speaker of the House of Commons has added four-month-old ‘Attlee’ to his wide array of pets.

He is a brown tabby Maine Coon – the same breed as Patrick, the 12-year-old cat the Hoyle family lost earlier this year when he died from a tumour.

Like all Sir Lindsay’s animals, Patrick – the Speaker’s ‘favourite pet’ – was also named after a key political figure; Tory peer Lord Patrick McComack, who was an MP for 36 years.

With the addition of Attlee, Sir Lindsay now has two pets named after Conservative politicians and two named after Labour figures.

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

The animal-loving Speaker of the House of Commons has added four-month-old ‘Attlee’ to his wide array of pets

An Instagram account created for Attlee invites social media users to 'come follow me around the House of Commons'

An Instagram account created for Attlee invites social media users to ‘come follow me around the House of Commons’

Sir Lindsay Hoyle described his new four-month-old kitten as 'the boldest, craziest, life-force you can imagine'

Sir Lindsay Hoyle described his new four-month-old kitten as ‘the boldest, craziest, life-force you can imagine’

The Instagram account describes brown tabby Maine Coon as 'the loveable and curious new kitten' of the Speaker

The Instagram account describes brown tabby Maine Coon as ‘the loveable and curious new kitten’ of the Speaker

After serving as deputy PM under Winston Churchill during the wartime coalition in the early 1940s, Clement Attlee won the 1945 general election. As PM he introduced the National Health Service

After serving as deputy PM under Winston Churchill during the wartime coalition in the early 1940s, Clement Attlee won the 1945 general election. As PM he introduced the National Health Service

After serving as deputy PM under Winston Churchill during the wartime coalition in the early 1940s, Clement Attlee won the 1945 general election.

As PM he introduced the National Health Service.

Speaking about his new pet, the Speaker said: ‘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.

‘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.’

Patrick - the Speaker's 'favourite pet' - was also named after a key political figure; Tory peer Lord Patrick McComack, who was an MP for 36 years

Patrick – the Speaker’s ‘favourite pet’ – was also named after a key political figure; Tory peer Lord Patrick McComack, who was an MP for 36 years 

Patrick's death in March came two years after he was crowned Westminster's top cat in Battersea Cats and Dogs Home's 'Purr Minster' competition

Patrick’s death in March came two years after he was crowned Westminster’s top cat in Battersea Cats and Dogs Home’s ‘Purr Minster’ competition 

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

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

Sir Lindsay also owns a parrot named Boris, a Patterdale Terrier named Betty, and a tortoise named Maggie. He also had Gordon the dog, who died

Sir Lindsay also owns a parrot named Boris, a Patterdale Terrier named Betty, and a tortoise named Maggie. He also had Gordon the dog, who died

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

The account described Attlee as ‘the loveable and curious new kitten’ of the Speaker, with Instagram users invited to ‘come follow me around the House of Commons’.

He is now set to rival Larry, the Downing Street chief mouser, as social media’s favourite cat. 

Patrick’s death in March came two years after he was crowned Westminster’s top cat in Battersea Cats and Dogs Home’s ‘Purr Minster’ competition.

After three weeks of campaigning in the 2020 contest, Patrick beat nine others to be crowned the winner.

The competition saw nearly 5,000 members of the public vote for their winner, with each owner having to sumbit a ‘manifursto’ of 50 words, along with a photograph of their feline to express why they thought their pet should triumph.

Patrick’s manifursto had pledged a better work/mouse balance, empawment for staff, purrfection for all, regular repawts, no fur flying in the chamber, impurrtiality and feline fine moments for everyone.

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