British politics can be a brutal business.
Within hours of being sacked by Boris Johnson from the Cabinet, David Mundell's belongings were outside the Commons office he had held as Scottish secretary since 2015.
Now the big grey crates sit, still unpacked, in his less-decorated office over the road in Westminster, which - as fate would have it - was occupied by Mr Johnson before he launched the successful leadership bid which propelled him to power in July and forced Mr Mundell and others out.
In his first major broadcast interview since his exit from the government's top team, Mr Mundell reflected on the sacking, revealed his warning to Boris Johnson at their final meeting and looked back on making history by becoming the first openly gay Conservative MP to hold a Cabinet position.
He also notably said he remains open to voting for a Brexit deal which gives Northern Ireland special status - despite previously saying it was a resigning matter for him.
Mr Mundell had even handed Theresa May his warning in writing last year during his tenure in Cabinet.
But speaking prior to Mr Johnson declaring a new Brexit deal has been done, he told Brand he would now "see what's on the table" rather than outright reject a deal which put Northern Ireland in a unique position.
Mr Mundell was also critical of the lack of LGBT diversity in Mr Johnson's Cabinet after he and Justine Greening left the Cabinet.
And in the wide-ranging interview, the MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale also delivered an entertaining anecdote on his brief meeting with Donald Trump in Scotland, which forged his abiding memory that the US president was "very orange" and sparked rumours that First Lady Melania Trump was an impostor.
Watch above or listen to the full Acting Prime Minister episode to also hear:
- The stormy picture which he would hang above the Number 10 desk
- Why he banned the term 'bar' to describe the supply of whisky in his office
- The Twitter abuse that made him rethink his late-night media commitments
- How coming out was not a political decision
- His solution to Brexit after identifying the biggest mistakes he and others have made so far
- How he would respond to calls for a second referendum on Scottish Independence if the SNP gained overwhelming support at an election
- The Eagles song which sums up his approach to politics
- Why he would only want to be prime minister in the past
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Catch up with past episodes of Acting Prime Minister:
- Rosie Duffield overwhelmed by 'heartbreaking' responses to domestic abuse speech
- Caroline Lucas on Britain's nuclear 'shame' and what stops her going vegan
- Emma Lewell-Buck on accents and siding with Farage over Swinson
- Chuka Umunna on his 'messy' year and why Change UK failed
- Mark Francois on losing his dad and his pre-Brexit epiphany
- Anna Soubry opens up on pain of Umunna split and why Boris 'isn't fit to clean loos'
- 'Boris Johnson should have backed up ambassador' says Nicky Morgan as Acting PM
- Stella Creasy overhauls 'Hogwarts gone wrong' Parliament and ditches manifestos
- Labour's David Lammy justifies comparing Tory Brexiters to Nazis and defends Comic Relief 'white saviours' criticism
- Justine Greening on her bid to be Tory leader and calling Mark Zuckerberg
- Jacob Rees-Mogg backs Boris Johnson while outlining his own vision for the nation
- Why Ben Fogle would scrap exams and reintroduce national service
- Heidi Allen is 'too emotional' to be PM but wants Nick Clegg on her team
- Campaigning mum Hannah Deacon tackles medicinal cannabis in Number 10
- Sarah Champion on prostitution, pushing the nuclear button and Tinder dating
- Ben Bradley on exam obsession, getting kicked out of school and forgiving his digital past