Parliament and the political process

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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Government formation 2015: live blog – day 3

, 12 May 2015

As Prime Minister David Cameron forms a new government following the General Election, the Whitehall Monitor team provide data and charts as events unfold. The team – Gavin Freeguard, Robyn Munro, Emily Andrews, Joe Randall and Dan Devine – will also bring insights from across the Institute for Government's work.

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Government formation 2015: live blog – day 2

, 11 May 2015

As Prime Minister David Cameron forms a new government following the General Election, the Whitehall Monitor team provide data and charts as events unfold. The team – Gavin Freeguard, Robyn Munro, Emily Andrews, Joe Randall and Dan Devine – will also bring insights from across the Institute for Government's work.

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Be careful what you wish for: the dangers of a slim majority

, 8 May 2015

David Cameron sounded distinctly relieved when he announced that he would be leading a majority government for the first time, rather than a coalition. Obviously, he was personally pleased to be able to answer his party critics by – in contrast to 2010 – leading his party to an overall majority for the first...

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Age of major-ity: what might David Cameron learn from John Major’s experience?

, 8 May 2015

Both David Cameron and George Osborne had ringside seats as advisers in the Major government. They will remember how grim it can get. Major’s problems started even before his poll victory, with the decision – which seemed principled at the time – not to rush his (as it seemed at the time) EU negotiating...

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Government formation 2015: live blog – day 1

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Lying in wait: who will be the permanent secretaries meeting the new ministers in 2015?

Only one permanent secretary was in their post at the time of the 2010 General Election. When new secretaries of state meet their permanent secretaries following the election, only one will meet a permanent secretary who was there for the transition in 2010: Sir Nicholas Macpherson at the Treasury. Additionally, Robert Devereux, now at...

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