Top dog on patrol in corridors of power, Chancellor says

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THERE is a new top dog prowling the corridors of power, it has been revealed.

Chancellor George Osborne used his Twitter account to announce the latest addition to his family – a dog. “Welcome to the new resident of Downing St. The kids have called her Lola”, he wrote.

Lola, a Bichon Frise, joins Freya, the Osborne family cat in Downing Street which is also home to Larry, the chief mouser at Number 10. Larry has proved to be a controversial figure with his mouse-catching record 
come into question and last year he was caught on camera engaged in a Downing Street brawl with Freya.

And there was controversy earlier this year when journalist Matthew d’Ancona suggested the Camerons “do not like the Downing Street cat, Larry, amid suggestions that the pet is a PR prop” in his book on the Coalition, In It Together.

The revelation triggered a public campaign to “save Larry” which eventually forced an official 
denial of the story by a Downing Street spokesman and the 
Prime Minister himself.

David Cameron insisted: “He’s a much loved cat and my family adore him.”