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What will Boris Johnson’s government look like?

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For all the attention that will be paid to the top jobs in Boris Johnson’s government this week, the most important appointment could be someone who may not even be a full cabinet member – although he or she will have the right to attend cabinet meetings.

“The absolute key to all this is the chief whip,” an experienced Conservative MP told me. “If he’s going to make a mess of it, that’s where he’s going to make a mess of it.” The current chief whip, Julian Smith, never really stood a chance. He took over from Gavin Williamson at the end of 2017, inheriting a government with no majority and a Brexit negotiation that was going to divide the Tory party down the middle.

It was reported at the weekend that Johnson had already decided who his chief whip would be, but there were differing reports as to the name of the lucky person. The Independent suggested it would be Iain Duncan........

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