Raab was Johnson’s right-hand man and de facto deputy prime minister when he was the foreign secretary.
On Wednesday, Raab was demoted after his mishandling of the Afghanistan crisis. He became justice secretary and lord chancellor, but allegedly refused to take on the role unless the official title of deputy prime minister was attached.
Johnson agreed – the prime minister then put former trade secretary Truss in Raab’s old job following her success on securing post-Brexit trade agreements.
Dominic Raab does not look pleased to be sat next to his replacement at this morning’s cabinet meeting…. pic.twitter.com/W6uH3dIBq5
— Sabrina Miller (@SabriSun_Miller) September 17, 2021
A disgruntled Raab and a newly-appointed Truss are now caught up in a power struggle on Downing Street, according to The Times’ Steven Swinford.
On Friday he tweeted: “Both Dom Raab and Liz Truss have staked a claim to Chevening, a 115-room grace and favour residence in Kent.
“Chevening traditionally goes to foreign secretary, but Nick Clegg shared it with William Hague when he was DPM [deputy prime minister].
“Boris Johnson will have to decide who gets it.”
Both Dom Raab and Liz Truss have staked a claim to Chevening, a 115-room grace & favour residence in Kent
Chevening traditionally goes to foreign secretary, but Nick Clegg shared it with William Hague when he was DPM
Boris Johnson will have to decide who gets it
— Steven Swinford (@Steven_Swinford) September 17, 2021
Chevening is a “grace and favour” home used by senior government ministers.
With 115 rooms, it is surrounded by a 3,500 acre estate in Kent complete with a large lake, a tennis court, a maze, and woodlands, making it a real prize even though it’s primarily used for entertaining foreign dignitaries.
Patrick Maguire from The Times’ Red Box also commented on the occasion, writing: “Good to see Dom starting as he means to go on in that challenging new brief.
“It’ll now fall to the PM to decide which of the two will be handed the keys – if not both.”
In 2016 when Johnson was foreign secretary, he had to share the 17th century building with then Brexit secretary David Davis and then trade secretary Liam Fox.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost UK and has been updated.