Downing Street cat Larry to stay put

Associated Press

London — Prime Minister David Cameron will be leaving 10 Downing St. — but another resident of the famous address won’t be going anywhere.

Larry, the resident Downing Street cat, will remain in place, having cemented his position at No. 10 despite widespread doubts about his vermin-hunting abilities.

The rescue tabby tomcat was brought in to catch rats and mice at the famous-but-infested residence, but his record of kills has been hotly disputed. Nonetheless, Downing Street said Wednesday that Larry’s tenure will continue.

No. 10 has described Larry in the past as a cat who “brings a lot of pleasure to a lot of people” and was Tuesday photographed standing guard at the front gate when incoming leader Theresa May walked past.

While addressing the Commons for the final time as premier, Cameron declared his love for Larry and brandished a photo of him cuddling the cat in his lap.

“Sadly I can’t take Larry with me. He belongs to the house and the staff love him very much. As do I,” Cameron said as lawmakers responded in unison: “Awwwww!”