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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Developing graduates at the Treasury

, 7 May 2015

Judging by the sustained external demand for its staff, the Treasury can lay claim to being the foremost policymaking department in Whitehall. However, I want it to get better still. And that is why I am particularly pleased that the first steps of a new Graduate Development Programme have taken place. Some 40 new...

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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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