Chris Heaton-Harris: new chief whip no stranger to controversy

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Die-hard Brexiter was accused of McCarthyism when he wrote to universities in 2017

Chris Heaton-Harris has been trusted by Boris Johnson to marshal Tory MPs during the most hazardous period of his political career. The newly appointed chief whip is a longtime insider and minister who remains little known to the public – beyond the occasional mini-controversy.

The MP for Daventry since 2010, who is now onto his seventh ministerial role in six years (though the first in the cabinet), is a die-hard Brexit supporter whose fervour for the cause brought perhaps his most uncomfortable moment in the spotlight.

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