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Great Britain. Big changes at Downing Street. Permanent resident, Larry the cat, remains

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After the dramatic changes in British politics following Thursday's election, one thing remained the same on Friday morning. It was the presence of Larry, the prime minister's office resident, at 10 Downing Street.

Larry the tabby cat, the British Prime Minister's chief mouser, was spotted on Friday morning strolling near the famous shiny black doors of Number 10 Downing Street. He will now be roommates with his sixth prime minister.

Rishi Sunak was replaced as Prime Minister by Labour Party leader Keir Starmer, who won a landslide victory on Thursday elections to the House of Commons, enabling her to return to power after 14 years in opposition.

Larry the cat at 10 Downing StreetPAP/EPA/TOLGA AKMEN

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Larry the cat, who apparently isn't going anywhere, may soon have some company, Reuters reports. Starmer has a cat called JoJo who is set to join him when he moves into Downing Street.

READ: Keir Starmer is the new UK Prime Minister. “Our country needs a reset”

Larry accompanies subsequent prime ministers

Larry has lived in Downing Street since 2011, having been transferred there from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home during the government of then-Prime Minister David Cameron. He then accompanied Theresa May, Boris JohnsonLiz Truss and Rishi Sunak.

Larry the catPAP/EPA/ANDY RAIN

Larry became the first official mouser in a long break after the previous cat, Humphrey, retired in 1997. Humphrey was briefly replaced by Sybil, a favourite of then Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling, but she didn't like Downing Street and returned to Scotland.

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