When Battersea Dogs & Cats home organised their "Purr Minister" competition for politicians' moggies, little did they think that they would start a political scandal.
Everything started to go wrong when the cat Bosun – entered by Conservative MP Sheryll Murray – mysteriously gained 30,000 votes in the online poll in just seven hours.
Labour shadow health minister Andrew Gwynne wasn't going to take this – and said his kitten Jude was the victim of "vote-rigging".
Jude, my five-month-old kitten who was fished out of a canal in Manchester, thought he had the ideal backstory. Sadly, while all the other cats were catnapping, one cat in particular seemed to clock up 30,000 votes overnight and then try to claim that his victory was due to a sudden surge in Australian votes. Clearly that was a purr-fect alibi.