Whitehall Sources

Shuffling the Shambles

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Episode notes

Welcome to Shuffling the Shambles. On this week's episode of Whitehall Sources, as we take you behind the door of Number 10 Downing Street with those in the know: Suella Braverman's "trojan horse" resignation as Home Secretary; the staff comings and goings at Number 10 and, crucially, what they tell us about Liz Truss's leadership and authority. We introduce a new feature: Chequers and Balances where we hear from an opposition adviser. Today, Tom Hamilton who was head of research for the Labour Party and helped to prepare Ed Miliband, Harriet Harman and Jeremy Corbyn for PMQs between 2010 and 2016. He casts his eye over PMQs, while Kirsty and Oscar remember what it was like to advise a weakened Prime Minister who was going up against an emboldened Leader of the Opposition.

Also, viral sensation Kirsty reveals who Mr X was - a guest on Question Time that Liz Truss tried - and failed - to avoid encountering when she was Justice Secretary. You've been guessing all week online: was it Owen Jones, Julia Hartley-Brewer or David Dimbleby himself perhaps? Kirsty reveals all.

Plus, we open the doors to The Correspondence Unit. We read your emails and comments on TikTok, Instagram and Twitter, answering your questions and assessing the accuracy of your predictions. As you listen, send us a note of what you predict will have happened by our next episode - what will we be talking about? Email [email protected]