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Are the PM’s rivals cancelling one another out?

Theresa May’s cabinet, like Harold Wilson’s, contains competing “crown princes” who are keeping one another in check

By Tom Quinn  

Cabinet ministers—will one of them be the next PM? Photo: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/PA Images

Even by the Conservatives’ recent standards, the past week has been extraordinary. There was the excruciating conference speech, and the subsequent plot to bring May down, led by Grant Shapps. The PM has been drawn into speculation about a reshuffle, which has led to reports that Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson would flatly refuse to be moved from his post. These have now been followed by reports that Phillip Hammond is the target of a briefing campaign by hard…

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