Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson’s pet tarantula has been evicted from the MoD HQ – because a colleague is afraid of spiders.
The 41-year-old kept his beloved pet, named Cronus after a Greek god who castrated his dad and ate his children to stop them overthrowing him, at his desk in the hub.
He had the two-year-old tarantula when he was Chief Whip and moved him from the House of Commons to the MoD base when he was promoted to Defence Secretary last month.
But it has now been removed from the property and sent to his family’s Staffordshire home, after it emerged a co-worker has arachnophobia.
‘The spider is no longer in the building,’ a source confirmed to The Sun.
The MoD last week said: ‘Civil Servants and members of the Armed Forces are not permitted to bring domestic pets into Ministry of Defence Main Building.
‘The only exception to this policy are dogs which work to assist individuals who have disabilities such as visual impairment or deafness, or an animal that is necessary for the security of the building such as a police sniffer dog.’
It was responding to Labour MP and former defence minister Kevan Jones’ parliamentary question about the MoD’s policy on pets.
The 53-year-old wanted to know back in November whether or not MoD employees were allowed to bring domestic pets to work.
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