As part of Sadiq Khan’s ongoing efforts to prove London is ‘united and open for business, and to the world’ in the aftermath of the Brexit vote, the Mayor of London has released a series of videos of late to try to get the message across. In one such film, David Walliams narrates as a host of animals — from penguins at London Zoo to Horse Guards Parade horses — appear on screen, with the simple message: ‘London is open a home for all creatures great and small’.
However, Mr S understands that not every London animal resident is on board. Word reaches Steerpike that behind the scenes a tug of war has been going on between No.10 and the Mayor of London over Larry, the Downing Street cat. Mr S understands that Downing Street were approached to see whether Larry would take on a role in the video. However, the government had other ideas when it came to the feline’s venture into politics and declined the offer.
While No.10 sources suggest that Larry and May are yet to cultivate as close a relationship as he shared with the Camerons, it seems the Prime Minister thinks that the cat should follow household rules and refrain from showing his true colours over Brexit until a deal is firmly on the table.
Mr S has contacted both No.10 and the Mayor of London’s press office for comment.
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