An uninvited guest brought a bout of laughter to a UK Parliament committee’s meeting. As the EU Services Sub-Committee for the House of the Lords was hearing evidence from trade expert Sally Jones over a Zoom call, her pet cat decided to join in the proceedings.
Embarrassed by the interruption, Jones was heard saying “I’m really, really sorry your Lordships”. She then went on to explain how the pet—Leo VeradKar— opened the door and barged in.
However, the best part was not about the interruption but how feline’s entry didn’t bother anyone. Lord Cavendish, Baron Cavendish of Furness greeted the four-legged ‘expert’, saying “welcome cat”.
Watch the moment here:
— Matt Korris (@MattKorris) June 4, 2020
His name is Leo VeradKat. Truly. My other three cats are called BrexKit, Angela Mewkel and Chequers.
— Sally Jones (@SallyJJonesEY) June 4, 2020
The incident happened recently while the committee was discussing the future of UK-EU relationship on professional and business services. People on social media lauded Jones for not getting nervous by the interruption and were left in splits.
— Corey Haines (@coreyhaines) June 5, 2020
Those who prepare witnesses for select committee appearances will have to teach a whole new range of hazards in virtual evidence sessions… https://t.co/oMB8vHuEdv
— Sir Peter Luff (@PeterJLuff) June 5, 2020
“Welcome, cat”. https://t.co/C9M7S0WPb4
— Alexander Brown (@AlexofBrown) June 4, 2020
— Othello (@OthelloFloof) June 5, 2020
— Dicky Moore (@dickymoo) June 4, 2020
First welcome given to a cat in the Official Record?
— Stuart (@aforlornhope) June 4, 2020
Hamilton, my cat, enjoys interrupting work Teams meetings, placing his backside in direct view of the camera, and attempting to bite me if I try and move him
— Dr Alice Lilly (@aliceolilly) June 4, 2020
brilliant and professional throughout and, as ever @SallyJJonesEY
— Jon Gerlis STAY AT HOME (@JRGerlis) June 4, 2020
She handled it brilliantly. More well-behaved cats on Parliament Live, please!
— Beacon of Light (@beaconoflight7) June 4, 2020
“Welcome, cat.” – Lord Cavendish of Furness, 2020. https://t.co/C0H2yVmhAy
— David Chipakupaku 🏴🇿🇲 (@David_Chippa) June 4, 2020
— Sarah Castell (@sarahcastell) June 5, 2020
Looking for the Mouse Of Lords, obviously.
— Paul Whiteley (@bastardo_pw) June 4, 2020
IDENTIFY THE CAT WITNESS PLEASE https://t.co/IczwRBhM3S
— Liam Kirkaldy (@HolyroodLiam) June 4, 2020
It is, however, not the only feline which won the internet by joining virtual conferences. Another cat in Britain went viral for interrupting the Dean of Canterbury while he was delivering sermon for the Morning Prayer from the gardens of Canterbury Cathedral. Similarly, two cats upstaged a journalist’s live interview when they were seen fighting in the background.
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