Mapping the government: the location of ministers’ constituencies

, 26 May 2015

In his first speech following the election, the Prime Minister said that the Conservatives would govern ‘as a party of one nation, one United Kingdom’. But just how far across the UK does his government actually stretch? Emily Andrews maps the government.

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Civil service reforms will continue, says Matthew Hancock – but more nicely

, 22 May 2015

The new Cabinet Office minister set out his stall today. We’ve seen all these goods before, Matt Ross observes; but now civil servants, departments and unions can expect a spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down, rather than the force-feeding tube.

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The Cameron centre takes shape

, 22 May 2015

Second term prime ministers have a big advantage – they know what they need to make government work for them – and are not bound by reckless pledges made in opposition. So it is interesting to see the choices the prime minister is making.

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Whitehall statistics: Getting to know the new government, in five charts

, 20 May 2015

Middle-aged, white and male. The ‘most diverse Parliament ever’ is beginning to undermine this stereotype of politicians, but can the same be said of the new government? Emily Andrews checks out the vital statistics.

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The numbers game: governing with a small majority

, 19 May 2015

The Conservatives have won an unexpected outright victory. Their 12-seat majority is the narrowest enjoyed by any new government since 1974, and governing with such a small majority will pose a number of challenges. But the government also starts with some distinct advantages, as Akash Paun heard at an Institute for Government event on...

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Selecting the select committees – what happens next?

, 19 May 2015

Following the re-election yesterday of the Commons Speaker – John Bercow – parliamentary attention is now turning to select committees. Who will chair and sit on these important bodies – some of which began in the last parliament to show real teeth? Hannah White explains what happens next under the system of elections established...

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