‘Sybil’ replaces ‘Humphrey’ at No 10.

Well this is about as political as we’re going to get round here…so here goes…

Humphrey the Downing Street cat was retired in 1997, after years of living in the Cabinet Office and Downing Street areas. His departure came shortly after Tony Blair’s arrival as prime minister. A bird table was then put into No 10’s garden.

Photograph: Alisdair Macdonald/Rex

Now, slinking down the corridors of power comes ‘Sybil’. Named after Basil Fawlty’s wife in the classic 1970s sitcom, Sybil lives in the flat above No 10 with the chancellor during the week. Gordon Brown and his wife occupy the bigger flat at Number 11, which is the traditional home of the chancellor.

Sybil, officially know as Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office

‘Sybil’ is famed for her nocturnal ramblings and can make the dourest of Labour politicians go weak at the knees. The new occupant at No 10 belongs to Alastair Darling.

Sybil, on her way to a summit meeting

Here’s an update on the history of the Offical Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office

NameBegan tenureEnded tenurePrime Minister(s)
Treasury Bill19241924Ramsay MacDonald
Peter19291946Stanley Baldwin, Ramsay MacDonald, Neville Chamberlain, Winston Churchill, Clement Attlee
Munich Mouser19401943Neville Chamberlain, Winston Churchill
Nelson19401940Winston Churchill
Peter19411946Winston Churchill, Clement Attlee
Peter II19461946Clement Attlee
Peter III19461964Clement Attlee, Winston Churchill, Anthony Eden, Harold Macmillan, Alec Douglas-Home
Peta19641976Alec Douglas-Home, Harold Wilson, Edward Heath
Wilberforce19731988Edward Heath, Harold Wilson, Jim Callaghan, Margaret Thatcher
Humphrey19891997Margaret Thatcher, John Major, Tony Blair
Sybil20072009Gordon Brown
Freya20122014David Cameron
Larry2011currentDavid Cameron, Theresa May

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