Civil servants arriving at the Levelling Up, Housing and Communities department on Thursday morning found themselves leaderless, after the sacking the night before of Michael Gove and the resignations earlier that day of three junior ministers.

Only Eddie Hughes, Walsall North MP, remained in place, as the parliamentary under secretary of state, until the announcement of Greg Clark as Gove’s replacement.

Of course, other departments also lost their leaders during the Cabinet revolt but none underwent such upheaval as Levelling Up, Boris Johnson’s flagship ministry.