At 10 Downing Street, Larry the cat is the official mouser while Palmerston guards the Foreign Office and Gladstone patrols the Treasury. That leaves Parliament without an official mouser and a £130,000 pest control bill to deal with its infestation of mice.

Curiously, the Battersea Dogs and Cats home has previously offered to supply a cat to Parliament, but the idea has been struck down by health and safety officials. Until then, Parliament will be overrun by rodents, which makes sense since rodents are probably more desirable to most people than politicians, so it’s hard to see which ones we need to get rid of first.

To read about Parliament’s need for a cat, click here.