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School of Politics and International Relations

Replacing the chief whip won’t save Johnson’s premiership


Professor Phillip Cowley, from Queen Mary's School of Politics and International Relations explains why Boris Johnson's mini reshuffle isn't nearly enough to save him. He wrote: "There can be valid reasons for a prime minister to want to change their chief whip, as Boris Johnson has just done. If they have lost their trust or the respect of the parliamentary party – and in the case of Mark Spencer, it seems as if both were true – then it is time for a change. But the idea that a new chief whip will make much of a difference to the problems the government faces is for the birds."

This was covered in The Times



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