Liz Truss: Tory leadership hopeful asked where Boris Johnson is - and told that Larry the cat should be PM

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Prime Minister hopeful Liz Truss faced some awkward questions from children during her first campaign stop

Tory leadership candidate Liz Truss was asked where Boris Johnson was - and told that Larry the cat should be Prime Minister, as she kicked off her campaign tour.

Footage from her visit to Peterborough to Little Miracles - a charity which supports families who have children with additional needs - shows one child ask the Foreign Secretary, “where is Boris Johnson?”

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Ms Truss replied, “[he’s] back at Number 10 Downing Street,” which prompted another to exclaim, “why have they not kicked him out yet?”

The South West Norfolk MP, who is up against former Chancellor Rishi Sunak in the Tory leadership race, was then asked to “evict [Boris Johnson] when [she] become[s] Prime Minister.”

The leadership candidate tactfully responded: “He will have to move out at that point, that is true.”

Child tells Liz Truss ‘Larry should be Prime Minister'Child tells Liz Truss ‘Larry should be Prime Minister'
Child tells Liz Truss ‘Larry should be Prime Minister' | Images: PA

What was said about Larry the cat?

Larry the cat, a brown and white tabby who has lived in Number 10 since 2011, also got his moment in the spotlight.

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A child proclaimed, “Larry should be Prime Minister,” which comes after many took to social media following Mr Johnson’s resignation to say the long-standing ‘Chief Mouser’ should be next in office.

Ms Truss smiled as she remarked: “[He] is a beautiful cat.”

The Foreign Secretary then posed for photographs with the children, who cheered “next Prime Minister!” as they smiled for the picture.

Ms Truss will participate in nationwide hustings events over the coming weeks as she hopes to gain the support of Tory party members.

The first event will take place in Leeds on 28 July.

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