MPs clawing for votes for top cat

Simon Kirby MP's cat, Mango SUS-160103-120228001
Simon Kirby MP's cat, Mango SUS-160103-120228001

Politicians are no strangers to campaigning for votes - but the most recent election involving our local MPs is one a little bit out of the ordinary.

Cat-owning MPs across the country have put forward their political pussycats to a public vote for the post of Purr Minister 2016, in a competition run by the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home in a bid to raise awareness of the care facility.

Maria Caulfield MP's cat, Collar SUS-160103-120322001

Maria Caulfield MP's cat, Collar SUS-160103-120322001

The entrants have been whittled down to just seven finalists including Mango, the family pet of Peacehaven MP Simon Kirby, and Collar, the rescue cat belonging to Maria Caulfied, Lewes MP.

The public must now decide which cat will claw its way to a competition victory to enjoy a taste of Governmental grandeur as the top cat in Westminster for 2016.

Mr Kirby said: “I entered the competition to help raise the profile of the fantastic work of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home and I would encourage as many of my constituents not only to vote Mango for Purr Minister, but also to take time to learn more about the fantastic work of the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.”

Mango’s ‘manifursto’ says: “I am the cat’s whiskers with a purr-sonal statement that is of a high pedigree. I don’t paddy paws around or spend my time catnapping and will use all of my seven lives devoted to the claws. I am su-purr efficient and the purr-fect choice for Purr Minister.”

Collar’s ‘manifursto’ says: “I was a stray cat with no home two years ago. My new subjects, who I rule over, found me sleeping in a greenhouse in the snow. I was very hungry and thin and had lost lots of my fur. Since being rescued I have learnt how to live with humans again.”

For more information on the work of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, to donate or to vote in the Purr Minister 2016 competition, visit

Voting is free and closes at 11.50pm on Sunday, March 6.

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