Fur flies as cats hit the campaign trail in a bid to win Purr Minister 2020 vote

01 OCTOBER 2020

1 October 2020

Across the nation, paw-litical cats have today (1 October) begun prowling on the campaign trail, catching the public’s hearts and hunting for votes for Battersea’s Purr Minister competition.

Over the last few weeks, politicians and peers from around the UK have put their feline friends forward, submitting photos and a ‘Manifursto’ explaining why they believe their pet should be voted top cat of Westminster.

Today, Battersea has revealed the ten final ‘cat-idates’ hoping to get your vote:

  • Bertie, submitted by Stephen Hammond, MP for Wimbledon
  • Charlotte, submitted by Stephen Doughty, MP for Cardiff South and Penarth
  • Collar, submitted by Maria Caulfield, MP for Lewes
  • Hattie, submitted by Jamie Stone, MP for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross
  • Hobbes, submitted by Wendy Chamberlain, MP for North East Fife
  • May, submitted by Baroness Blackstone, Labour peer
  • Patrick, submitted by Lindsay Hoyle, MP for Chorley and Speaker of the House of Commons
  • Poppy, submitted by Jack Brereton, MP for Stoke-on-Trent South
  • Rojo, submitted by John Nicolson, MP for Ochil and South Perthshire
  • Toby, submitted by David Simmonds, MP for Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner

Battersea’s Head of Catteries and Feline Welfare, Lindsey Quinlan, said: “Battersea’s Purr Minister competition is back with a bang for its sixth year. The candidate shortlist is very impressive, and the competition will undoubtedly be fierce.

“This year, many of our Purr Minister candidates have been supervising their owners’ work during lockdown, whether that’s making cameos on Zoom or taking a nap on important documents – so it’s time they get the recognition they deserve. It’s also an opportunity to shine the spotlight on some important animal welfare issues.

“At Battersea we believe that every cat is special, but there can be only one winner and we can’t wait to see who the public chooses to be their new furry leader.”

The incumbent Purr Minister, Alfie, owned by former Cynon Valley MP Ann Clwyd, is expected to commit to a peaceful transferral of power when the votes come in and a new Purr Minister is elected on 27 October.

Members of the public can now show their support by voting for their top cat. Voting will close at 23:59 on 22 October.

Vote for your favourite feline at https://www.battersea.org.uk/about-us/news/who-will-you-crown-purr-minister-2020. The winner will be announced on Tuesday 27 October.


For more information and images please email press@battersea.org.uk

Notes to editors 

  • The Purr Minister election is open to all current members of either House of Parliament.
  • 2018’s winner was Alfie, owned by Ann Clwyd, former Labour MP for Cynon Valley. There was no Purr Minister competition in 2019.
  • To vote for your favourite pawlitical puss visit https://www.battersea.org.uk/about-us/news/who-will-you-crown-purr-minister-2020
  • Voting is open from 1 October to 22 October 23:59. The winner will be announced on 27 October.
  •   Since Battersea was founded 160 years ago, we’ve been committed to helping every dog and cat that needs us - championing their rights, loving their imperfections and expertly caring for them. Because rescue is our favourite breed.
  •   Battersea directly helps over 5,000 dogs and cats across its three centres and uses its expertise, influence, and voice to help thousands more animals all over the country and across the world.
  •   There is no time limit on how long an animal can stay at Battersea, but the average stay for a dog is 34 days and 25 days for a cat.
  •   In addition to the site in South West London, Battersea also has two other centres based at Old Windsor, Berkshire and Brands Hatch, Kent.
  •   To donate to Battersea, visit https://donate.battersea.org.uk.
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