Life in the whips office – POLITICO

Host Ailbhe Rea takes a closer look at the shadowy world of whips – the sinister party enforcers whose job it is to keep MPs in line.

Michael Dobbs, the creator of ‘House of Cards’ and former chief of staff to Margaret Thatcher, lifts the lid on the murky world of whipping that inspired her novels and hit TV series, while Jacqui Smith, lead Tony Blair, describes how she did it during the Blair/Brown conspiracy era. Playwright James Graham – whose hit play ‘This House’ brought the dark arts of the whips office to London’s West End – discusses the hung parliament of the 1970s, the most legendary period in the history of whips, and Wendy Morton talks about her unique experience as a whip chef to Liz Truss.


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