The Conservative Party has rubbished rumours that comedian Ken Dodd is in the running to stand as a Tory candidate in the General Election.
Addressing reports that the 86-year-old was standing to replace Cannock Chase MP Aidan Burley, who stepped down after organising a Nazi-themed stag party, the seat's Conservative Party chairman Paul Snape said the rumour was "a joke" started by the Labour party.
Mr Snape said the veteran comedian is eligible to apply, but added: “I think I would prefer someone who is a bit younger and who has more of an affiliation with Cannock,” the Wolverhampton Express and Star reported.
Firefighters arrived and found the building well alight. The cattery owners stated that there had been over 20 cats in the cattery, however some are believed to have escaped from the building after the fire broke out.
The building has been destroyed as it was predominately a wooden structure and we've been unable to confirm so far how many cats have died in the fire.
A fire investigation was carried out to establish how the fire started and we believe an electrical fault within one of the pens is to blame.
– Dermot Hogan, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Station manager