Boris Johnson’s ‘leaked’ show of support for the prime minister highlights how the app has become the medium of choice in Westminster

Political deals used to be done in smoke-filled rooms, but parliamentary plotting nowadays happens mostly on WhatsApp.

On Sunday night, a message sent by Boris Johnson to a private Whatsapp chat group for Tory MPs were “leaked” to the media. However the text, professing support for Theresa May, also looked very much like it was intended to be leaked. Politicians know by now which of their WhatsApp groups are a circle of trust and which ones have political foes lurking within.

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