Could Sir Mark Sedwill's time as cabinet secretary be coming to an end? There were reports earlier this year that Sedwill might be in line to be replaced if Boris Johnson were to win the Tory leadership election. That proved to be unfounded and in the months since, the Prime Minister and Sedwill appear to have struck up a good working relationship. But now it seems the cabinet secretary really could be on his way out.
Who might replace him if he goes? Mr S hears Antonia Romeo could be in line for a big promotion after the election. Currently permanent secretary at the department for international trade, Romeo is a career civil servant who has previously worked at the cabinet office during the Cameron years. If she replaces Sedwill, you heard it here first.