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Sex, Lies And Boris Johnson

Cleo Watson has gone from being deputy chief of staff for Boris Johnson to writing a satirical 'bonkbuster' set in and around Westminster, Downing Street and Chequers.

Matt talks to her about life inside Number 10, partygate, working for Barack Obama and Dominic Cummings - and we get Mariella Frostrup to read out some of the novel's raciest moments.

Plus: Columnists James Marriott and Gaby Hinsliff talk about sending more northerners to the House of LordsBoris Johnson's new house in the country, and Britain's favourite railway station.

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