The new team realised the dangers of Stratton facing a barrage of awkward questions from some of the most experienced hands in the country – live on TV.
The pace of departure, the allegations about him and how they’re being handled are all inextricably linked.
“It was not about the lobby,” says a friend of Vote Leave. “It was about getting a message out to voters beyond the M25.”
This account of three and a half years as a special adviser confirms how trivial and transitory the role can be.
The final article in ConHome’s series on the Prime Minister’s Reset Moment – and what should follow from it.
America’s result is having knock-on effects in Downing Street: see yesterday’s green speech and today’s defence news.
She may appear to present a softer target than he does, but she has never been afraid of fighting her corner.
We fear the worst after Cummings’ departure, but Johnson must now make the best of it. That means a Cabinet shuffle.
Newspapers have called her the “Duchess of Downing Street” and suggested she formed a “crew” with other women to see off Lee Cain.
Finding a new Chief of Staff is only the start of the changes that Johnson needs to make his government work.