Sky News unveils virtual Larry the Cat as part of election night coverage

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3 Jul 2024, 07:53

Larry the Cat at Number 10 Downing Street

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Sky News has introduced an unexpectedly adorable feature to their new virtual set-up for election night.

The broadcaster has unveiled its own Downing Street in virtual reality, complete with a digital Number 10 door alongside rolling results data. 

Thursday’s (4th July) General Election will no doubt be a lengthy night, so it’s no surprise Sky News likely wanted some levity to keep viewers entertained throughout the evening as seats start rolling in. 



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Larry the Cat, a domestic tabby, has been a staple of Downing Street since 2011, and is the Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office. 

He’s long been part of the UK’s political coverage, often wandering in and out of camera shots or lazing by the front door of Number 10 before being let in. 

The 17-year-old feline has served under the premiership of five Prime Ministers. When he first arrived at Downing Street, he was a pet for the children of then-PM David Cameron, but when Cameron stepped down in 2016, Larry didn’t leave with him, instead staying on as Chief Mouser. 

He has carried out his important duties under subsequent Conservative Prime Ministers, Theresa May, Boris Johnson, Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak. He has met two Presidents: Donald Trump and Barack Obama.

Larry was born a stray cat before being rescued by Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. After being adopted by the Cameron family, the publicity around him caused a 15 percent upsurge in people adopting a furry friend. 

There were fears over Larry’s health in September 2023 after reports suggested he was “seriously unwell” to the extent that Government officials had been working on an emergency communications plan to decide how to break the news to the nation when he does pass away.

A Downing Street spokesman told ITV News at the time: "I would say he is happy and healthy."