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Truss and Sunak symbolise Westminster’s age of inexperience


Professor Philip Cowley has written for The Times on Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak’s battle for leadership of the Conservative Party, why a win for either would result in one of the country’s least experienced Prime Ministers, and how it reflects a change in the landscape of political careers.
Discussing the role of the House of Commons, he writes: “one of its functions — indeed, historically, one of its key functions — was as a recruitment pool and training ground for would-be ministers and party leaders. It still retains its monopoly status on ministerial ambition, but its value as a place where would-be leaders are tested and tried out appears to be on the wane.”

This was covered in the Times



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