A cabinet minister has been banned from using an office microwave to heat his dog’s cushion — after disgusted staff complained over food hygiene fears. Climate change minister Greg Barker was using the device to spoil his pet dachshund Otto.
Back in March, Political Scrapbook revealed that Barker had carried Otto into a meeting on a cushion to the astonishment of senior executives from power companies. But his willingness to pamper the dog has reached hitherto unknown lengths.
“When he first arrived we had to watch our step as the dog wandered around the office, but we put up with that. But when he started using our microwave to keep the dog nice and snug with a heated cushion, it proved he thinks more of the dog than us.”
The dog — who has also been known to defecate on DECC carpets — has now been confined to Barker’s office.