Women With Balls

Anatomy of a downfall: with Victoria Atkins

25 min listen

In This Episode

Until July 6, Victoria Atkins was the Minister of State for Refugees and Minister of State for Prisons and Probation. But as dozens of her colleagues quit in the wake of Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid’s resignations (which themselves followed No. 10’s messy handling of the Chris Pincher affair), Atkins resigned too, writing that ‘values such as integrity, decency, respect and professionalism’ have ‘fractured’ under Boris Johnson’s leadership.

On this episode of Women With Balls, Katy Balls hits the rewind button with Atkins, taking us through the turbulent events of those few days. They discuss what it’s like to resign from government while on a school run; unforced errors from No. 10 itself; and whether the Conservative party can properly heal after this divisive time.

Produced by Cindy Yu.


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