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The new PM will depend on Whitehall for survival—whether he knows it yet or not

Ugly attacks on the civil service mount—but Whitehall could yet could leave this episode with its authority enhanced

Journalists view the debate between Conservative Party leadership candidates. Photo: PA

Britain’s new prime minister will be clapped into No 10 by the staff only hours after they have clapped out Theresa May. The ritual can be emotional. As a centre of government, 10 Downing Street is small and everyone knows everyone else from the highest to the lowest. There is a family atmosphere, for it is a home as well as a political nerve centre, with the PM living in a flat upstairs and Larry the cat curled…

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