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School of Politics and International Relations

An improbable new leader


Last year, when the stalemate over Brexit was dominating the agenda, Prime Minister Boris Johnson appointed Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary, as his deputy and next in line. But now Mr. Johnson is in intensive care with the coronavirus Mr. Raab has been given the power to lead the British government and that has startled some of Mr. Raab’s government rivals, who have raised doubts in British news reports about his fitness for the job. Professor of Politics, Professor Tim Bale, said: “Anyone who saw that press conference would have been reminded of his limitations as a communicator. Sometimes a crisis can see a caterpillar turn into a butterfly, but I rather doubt that will happen here.”
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