George Osborne Has Just Got A Very Fluffy Dog For Downing Street
But has the chancellor considered the potential impact on the existing Downing street felines? Politics cat be a dog-eat-cat world.
Chancellor George Osborne has just got a new dog, which will live in his official residence at 11 Downing Street.
Lola is the first Downing Street dog in recent memory.
Britain's political leaders have traditionally plumped for cats over canines, with a long line of political felines only coming to an end when Tony Blair's family kicked out Humphrey in 1997.
But what does this mean for Downing Street's cat population?
Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office is an official government position, held since February 2011 by Larry, who lives with David Cameron's family at Number 10.
But he has already be usurped by Freya, a tabby owned by George Osborne that took up residence in the street in 2012. They now share the official title.
Scurilous rumours in Westminster suggest Larry just wasn't up to the job of catching mice and Freya is now running the show.
It's a very cat-friendly dog.