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Whips 'are frighteners and charmers'


Yesterday, Conservative MP Mark Pritchard openly accused Tory whips working for the prime minister's office of threatening him on the issue of the circus animal ban.

Gyles Brandreth, former whip for John Major's government, reflects on the kind of "human resources" work that whips do.

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