David Davis, the former Brexit Secretary, is being tipped for a return to the cabinet if, as seems increasingly likely, deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab is forced to resign and Rishi Sunak has to undertake a full reshuffle.

Even MPs sympathetic to Raab acknowledge he’ll have to leave the government. He faces accusations of bullying civil servants, with a slew of anonymous complaints. “The mandarins have got Dom,” says a Tory adviser.