Gladstone (cat)

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Gladstone
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Chief Mouser to HM Treasury
Assumed office
28 June 2016
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Theresa May
Preceded byPosition established
Personal details
BornLondon
NationalityBritish
OccupationMouser

Gladstone is the resident Chief Mouser of HM Treasury at Whitehall, London. He is a domestic short-haired cat, who, at eighteen months old, assumed the position of Chief Mouser in late June 2016. Gladstone's political namesake is former Chancellor and Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone who served for four separate periods, more than any other Prime Minister. The hope is Gladstone will control mice at the Treasury's 1 Horse Guards Road building.[1]

The inception of the position of Chief Mouser at the Treasury follows the creation of similar positions at Number 10 and the Foreign Office, with those positions being held by Larry and Palmerston, as of July 2016. The decision to introduce an official mouser was taken by John Kingman, former acting Permanent Secretary at the Treasury. The appointment of Gladstone as "Chief Mouser to the Treasury" was officially announced on 29 July 2016.[2]

Gladstone was taken to his new home at the Treasury in late June 2016, but the fallout from the referendum on European Union membership delayed the public announcement until late July.[3]

Life before the Treasury[edit]

Gladstone was brought in by a staff member of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home Lost and Found team in May 2016 as a neglected stray, after trying to get into her cat flap for a few weeks.[4] He had been wandering the streets of London, hungry, and without a microchip, meaning his owners could not be located. At Battersea, he was known as Timmy.[5] Like most homeless cats without access to daily food and water, he would eat too much, too quickly. A special activity puzzle feeder remedied this issue.[3]

Work as Chief Mouser[edit]

Within 48 hours of moving in, Gladstone made his first catch.[6] Described as “a cold-blooded killer” he went on to register six catches in his first three months in office.[7] Food and upkeep for Gladstone is taken care of by Treasury staff, who contribute a small amount of funds towards the required items for Gladstone's daily needs. At weekends, the Treasury's facilities and security team look after his domestic needs and personal protection.[8] His employment is at no cost to taxpayers.[9]

Recognition as Treasury's Chief Mouser[edit]

On 28 July 2017 Gladstone celebrated his one-year anniversary at HM Treasury. A few days after his debut on Instagram in July 2016, he had 1,200 followers.[10] 103 picture posts later, currently the number is over 10k. 'A cat's life - After a year in the spotlight, Gladstone sets the record straight', details his life at the Treasury. To date, Gladstone's number of mice caught is 22, and a bonus of two flies. Gladstone is humble about his rags to riches beginnings and is thankful for his staff.[11]

In popular culture[edit]

Gladstone has a social media presence on an official Instagram, and has been reported on by media outlets as far away as Northern Ireland.[12] A parody account @TreasuryMog, also exists on Twitter.,[13][14] He often receives trinkets such as cat toys, Christmas baubles from Brazil,[15] a personalised collar, and a Halloween handmade knitted scarf from Australia.[16] He appeared on the Treasury's official YouTube, in 'Where's Gladstone Gone?', for 2016's Open House London,[17] which also appeared on Sky News. In March 2017, Gladstone was featured in the London Time Out magazine's 'Pet Power List: definitive guide to the political animals of Westminster'.[18]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gladstone the cat lands Treasury job". BBC News. 29 July 2016. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Gladstone named Treasury's chief mouser amid cat spat". ITV News. 29 July 2016. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  3. ^ a b Ashton, Emily. "Now The Treasury Has Got A Cat And He's Called Gladstone". BuzzFeed.
  4. ^ "Gladstone @treasury_cat Instagram Rescue Story". Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  5. ^ Watts, Joseph. "Cat's out of the bag as Treasury reveals Whitehall arrival Gladstone". Evening Standard.
  6. ^ "Treasury Life Gladstone, the Treasury cat - One of our newest staff members". Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  7. ^ "Mew-turn by Cabinet Office as government gets two new cats". Retrieved 9 Dec 2016.
  8. ^ "Mew-turn by Cabinet Office as government gets two new cats". Retrieved 9 Dec 2016.
  9. ^ "Now The Treasury Has Got A Cat And He's Called Gladstone". Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  10. ^ "Gladstone the cat gives Treasury some paws for thought". Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  11. ^ "Gladstone sets the record straight". Retrieved 28 July 2017.
  12. ^ "The Irish News: Move over dogs at polling stations, because this year cats refuse to be outdone". Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  13. ^ "Gladstone @TreasuryMog Twitter Page". Retrieved 29 July 2017.
  14. ^ "Official @treasury_cat Instagram: You know you're famous when you already have fake Twitter accounts. *inactive Twitter screen shot @TreasuryMog is correct 2017". Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  15. ^ "@treasury_cat Instagram Brazilian Fan Christmas Gifts". Retrieved 21 Dec 2016.
  16. ^ "@treasury_cat Instagram Australian Fan Halloween Costume". Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  17. ^ "Treasury's Youtube: Where's Gladstone gone? 2016 Open House London". Retrieved 12 September 2016.
  18. ^ "Pet power list: Time Out's definitive guide to the political animals of Westminster". Time Out. Retrieved 29 March 2017.
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