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This reshuffle bore the hallmarks of prime ministerial weakness, not strength 


There is a vacuum at the heart of No 10

By Rachel Sylvester  

Photo: WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto/PA Images

Boris Johnson is reported to have “seized control of the Treasury,” asserted himself over his cabinet and mounted an audacious power grab across Whitehall. The Tory leader, who is personally credited by many Conservative MPs with winning the 80-seat parliamentary majority for his party, is “in his pomp and at his most powerful,” says one former cabinet minister. He describes this week’s changes as the “smack of firm government” and “a general downgrade of ministers’…

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