The votes are in for 2017 Purr Minister

07 NOVEMBER 2017

We can today reveal the Westminster cat that has picked up this year’s coveted Purr Minister 2017 title - Midnight, owned by Victoria Prentis, Conservative MP for Banbury, is the winning moggie.

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The triumphant feline is without doubt the cat that got the cream. Following weeks of frenzied campaigning from all six candidates, Midnight clawed his way to the top with a landslide victory of 49% of the public vote.

Whilst campaigning for the title with his popular pawlicies, Midnight promised moggies across the country networking parties for cats in Downing Street, compulsory cat-related Prime Minister’s Questions every Wednesday, and a new Feline Select Committee and APPG.

Victoria Prentis, proud owner of Midnight and Conservative MP for Banbury, said: “I am thrilled that Midnight’s dedication to the campaign has paid off. I know that he will be getting to work on implementing his manifursto commitments straightaway. Finding good homes for all the rescue cats currently living in temporary accommodation is a top priority. No doubt Midnight’s first Purr Minister’s Question Time will be a lively affair.”

The shortlisted contenders who missed out on the esteemed title include Casper and Cinnamon, submitted by Claire Perry, Conservative MP for Devizes; Scamp, submitted by Dr David Drew, Labour MP for Stroud; Parsnip, submitted by Mark Spencer, Conservative MP for Sherwood; Rigel, submitted Rt Hon Dame Caroline Spelman, Conservative MP for Meriden; and Alfie, submitted by Rt Hon Ann Clwyd, Labour MP for Cynon Valley.

Lindsey Quinlan, Head of Catteries at Battersea, said: “A huge congratulations is in order to the newly elected Purr Minister, Midnight. This whiskered winner did a meow-vellous job campaigning for greater cat pawlicies and we look forward to seeing him represent moggies across the country. We think he will do a furbulous job in his newly elected post.”