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George Osborne welcomes new resident to Downing St

Christmas has come early for the children of George Osborne, with the Chancellor posting a picture of a new puppy.

Mr Osborne said his children, Luke, 12, and Liberty, 10, had named the Bichon Frise 'Lola'.

George Osborne welcomes the 'new resident of Downing Street'. Credit: George Osborne/Twitter

Mr Osborne revealed that he was already struggling with some 'business' issues, tweeting: "Some early issues with toilet training ... but we don't care. We love her."

It remains to be seen how Lola will get on with the family's cat Freya, who already lives in the flat above Number 10.

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Ghosts of politicians past haunt Number 10

Ghosts of past politicians may still be haunting Number 10, it has been revealed.

The facilities manager at Number 10, David Heaton, has spoken of his encounter with the resident ghost in a dining room.

Ghosts of past politicians may still be haunting Number 10, it has been revealed. Credit: PA Wire

After arriving very early, Mr Heaton went to investigate a bright light in the small dining room, but as he entered someone walked past him.

Mr Heaton said he felt a "real presence" and heard a "rustling".

The facilities manager said the episode still sends "shivers up his spine".

10,000 sign petition to keep town hall's WWI memorial

Campaigners fear Fenton Town Hall will be demolished if it goes into private hands. Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Campaigners have delivered a 10,000 signature petition to Downing Street in a bid to stop the Government from selling off a Staffordshire town hall that contains a unique First World War memorial.

Fenton Town Hall, whose memorial pays tribute to 500 soldiers, is being marketed by the Ministry of Justice to private buyers for around £500,000.

Save Fenton Town Hall campaigners want the hall to be preserved as a community building.

PM: Larry the cat and I 'get on purr-fectly well'

The Prime Minister has moved to dispel rumours that he and his family do not get on with Downing Street's resident cat Larry:

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Man Tasered by police near Downing Street

File picture of a police officer demonstrating the use of a Taser. Credit: PA Wire

A 42-year-old man was Tasered after he was seen pointing a knife at his own throat near Downing Street in London, Scotland Yard said.

He was challenged by police just before 9pm yesterday but failed to respond so the electronic weapon was used.

The man had been shouting in the road and appeared to have a knife that he was pointing at his throat.

He suffered a minor head injury when he fell and was taken to hospital as a precaution.

He was later arrested on suspicion of possession of a knife and affray, and remains in custody.

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