Parliament and the political process

Meet the new select committee chairs

, 18 June 2015

The results of the elections for Select Committee chairs in the 2015-2020 Parliament have just been announced. Gavin Freeguard and Hannah White report

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Continuity of ministers in the new government: staying (in) power?

, 16 June 2015

In addition to No 10, 12 out of 19 departments are headed by the same minister. Despite the loss of Liberal Democrat ministers, around two-thirds of secretaries of state have retained their pre-election role, with 12 out of 19 Whitehall departments still being run by the same secretary of state as before the election....

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Purdah and the role of the Civil Service in an EU referendum

, 16 June 2015

The government proposal not to apply restrictions on government activity in the campaign period before the EU referendum has been met with vociferous complaints. One side argues that no purdah restrictions would allow the use of government resources and public money in a way that would unfairly benefit the side which the Government sought...

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Select committees under scrutiny

, 9 June 2015

Boosted by the introduction of elections for committee chairs, committees have been experimenting with new ways of conducting inquiries. But too frequently committees focus on completing tasks and delivering outputs – like reports – rather than on making an impact and delivering the outcomes they would like to see – like more effective government...

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Select committees in the 2015 parliament

, 3 June 2015

In the aftermath of the election the shape of the select committee system in the new parliament is now beginning to emerge. Hannah White offers some thoughts about what has changed and where we might see more continuity.

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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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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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