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Catmando and Howling Laud Hope
Leader of the Official Monster Raving Loony Party
In office
1999 – 2002
Serving with Howling Laud Hope
Preceded byScreaming Lord Sutch
Personal details
Mytchett, Surrey, England
Died2002 (aged 7)
Political partyOfficial Monster Raving Loony Party

Catmando (1995–2002; also spelt "Cat Mandu"[1]) was a cat who was named "joint leader" of Britain's Official Monster Raving Loony Party (OMRLP) from 1999 to 2002, along with his owner, party chairman Howling Laud Hope.[2] He died in 2002 serving as leader until his death.

Political career[edit]

Following the 1999 death of the party's founder, Screaming Lord Sutch, the OMRLP held a leadership election with Alan "Howling Laud" Hope (who was then the party's chairman and deputy leader) and Catmando as the only two candidates. The vote was a tie, with Hope and Catmando each receiving 125 votes. Hope, as the party chairman, had the deciding vote, and decided that he and Catmando should serve as joint leaders.[3][4]

During Catmando's time as joint leader, the OMRLP saw its greatest electoral performance to date, fielding 15 candidates in the 2001 general election. Catmando served as joint leader until his death as a result of a traffic accident in July 2002. Hope then became the party's sole leader.[5]

Following Catmando's death, the party proposed that there should be cat-crossings on all major roads.[6]

Name origins[edit]

Catmando was originally called "Catman". His name was changed after a customer at the Golden Lion (Hope's pub and guesthouse in Ashburton, Devon) asked a music question that Hope could not answer; the customer commented: "I bet Catman do [know the answer]". Consequently, he became "Catmando".[citation needed]

The cat later moved with Hope to the Dog and Partridge public house in Yateley, Hampshire. Gurkhas, stationed nearby at Aldershot, were intrigued by a name that sounded like the Nepalese capital Kathmandu; subsequently the cat became the subject of a front-page feature in the Nepali Times. The "Cat Mandu" spelling became common through media misinterpretation, but Hope has confirmed that "Catmando" is the correct spelling.[1]

One of the OMRLP proposed laws is that no other cat shall be called "Catmando", as there can only be one.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b HOWLING LAUD HOPE Pt 7 – Catmando (Cat Mandu) – The real spelling YouTube, 30 November 2010; retrieved 1 December 2010
  2. ^ "POLITICAL CAT FIGHT ENDS IN DRAW FOR LOONIES". Toronto Star. 25 September 1999. Retrieved 18 April 2010.[dead link]
  3. ^ Stall, Sam (2007); 100 Cats Who Changed Civilization: History's Most Influential Felines, pp.69,70. Quirk Books. ISBN 1-59474-163-8
  4. ^ Loonies choose cat as joint leader, BBC News, 24 September 1999
  5. ^ Byrnes, Sholto (6 October 2004). "The lunatic fringe". The Independent. Retrieved 26 December 2010.
  6. ^ Malvern, Jack (7 August 2002). "Mandu". The Times. Retrieved 18 April 2010.[dead link]

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Party political offices
Preceded by Official Monster Raving Loony Party Leader
With: Howling Laud Hope
Succeeded by