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Boris Johnson’s campaign team is split – just like his personality

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Boris Johnson’s campaign is going badly enough that splits in his team have become public. The Times reports today that some of Johnson’s longstanding allies “resent the influence of Gavin Williamson, his whip, and James Wharton, his campaign manager”.

Williamson, a former government chief whip sacked as defence secretary by Theresa May who accused him of leaking National Security Council discussions, was credited with running the successful stage of the election among MPs. His operation built up a commanding lead in public declarations of support before the balloting began, and ended with Johnson securing the backing of more than half of Tory MPs.

But Williamson and Wharton, a former MP who lost his seat at the 2017 election, have annoyed longer-serving Johnson advisers by using their influence to persuade him to avoid public scrutiny. One friend is reported to have said: “There’s a tendency to infantilise Boris. Clearly there was a........

© Independent