The battle for Chevening

In the red corner, the wounded outgoing foreign secretary Dominic Raab. in the blue corner, his replacement, the high-flying Lizz Truss. The prize up for grabs? A 17th-century country house!

Typically, Chevening is used as the private residence of the foreign secretary. Raab, furious at being demoted during Boris Johnson’s cabinet reshuffle last week, has fought back, reportedly demanding use of the property.

The prime minister refused to be drawn into the posturing between Truss and Raab, telling reporters enroute to the US: “The people’s government does not bother with fripperies and foibles of this kind”.

Chevening is up for grabs, who will prevail?