The Foreign Office’s new cat is not a spy, a top minister insists tonight.
Britain’s Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond issued denial after his own Conservative Party colleague claimed the cat at the UK’s Foreign Office could be a European Union spy.
Conservative Keith Simpson, who sits on the Commons Intelligence and Security Committee, pressed Mr Hammond over whether the cat had been sufficiently 'checked' for bugs by GCHQ chiefs.
The Foreign Secretary assured him and the House that the cat has a 100 per cent attendance record and is definitely not a mole.
Hammond said Palmerston was performing his duties as chief mouser to the Foreign Office 'more than satisfactorily' and had so far caught three mice.
Palmerston arrived in the department last month after being recruited from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home to deal with a mouse infestation.