Chorley MP and Speaker of the House Sir Lindsay Hoyle names new pet kitten after former PM

Sir Lindsay Hoyle has named his new pet kitten after former Labour prime minister Clement Attlee.

By Gemma Bradley
Sunday, 19th June 2022, 5:17 pm
Updated Sunday, 19th June 2022, 5:17 pm

The Chorley MP and Speaker of the House of Commons is known for his love of animals and his wide array of pets, all named after key figures from across the political spectrum.

The naming of the four-month-old brown tabby Maine Coon means that Sir Lindsay has two pets named after Conservative politicians and two named after Labour MPs.

The Hoyle family lost Patrick, a Maine Coon named after Tory peer Lord Patrick McComack, when the 12-year-old cat died from a tumour earlier this year.

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Cat lover Sir Lindsay Hoyle (image: Ian Robinson/UK Parliament)

He said: "Attlee is just the boldest, craziest, life-force you can imagine, he races around my office, much to the amusement of my team, and brings a smile to the face of doorkeepers, police officers, cleaners - and everyone who comes into contact with him.

"I still miss Patrick - who was my favourite pet - but Attlee, who we named after a former prime minister who created the NHS, has cheered us up no end."

An Instagram account has been created for Attlee which Sir Hoyle said he hopes will help to engage animal lovers with democracy.

Sir Lindsay also owns a parrot named Boris, a Patterdale Terrier named Betty, and a tortoise named Maggie.