Tory grandee Michael Heseltine — nicknamed Tarzan for his mane of blonde hair — has set tongues wagging with his confession to … errrr … strangling his mother’s pet dog to death:

“I went to stroke him and he started biting me”
“If you have a dog that turns, you just cannot risk it. So I took Kim’s collar – a short of choker chain – and pulled it tight.
“Suddenly he went limp. I was devoted to Kim, but he’d obviously had some sort of mental breakdown.’

More eagle-eyed Tory watchers will note this comes after his recent admission that he had 400 grey squirrels massacred on his country estate (artist’s impression above) an act he describes as “wanton killing”:

“I subsequently wrote a letter to the editor of the RSPB magazine … urging the charity’s support for a more aggressive approach to save the red squirrel and protect the bird population. My letter failed to appear, so I wrote again. This solicited a reply but no publication.”

He may well be hearing from another animal charity before the end of the day.

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