Ministers reflect: on Theresa May

, 12 July 2016

Our next Prime Minister has huge tasks ahead of her: negotiating Brexit, unifying her party and realising a new policy agenda – not to mention government’s business as usual. Theresa May will have to become familiar with a much wider brief than she is used to. She has extensive experience at the Home Office...

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Brexit Brief: a second election

, 12 July 2016

Why would we have a second election? The next election is not due until May 2020, but Theresa May is already facing calls for a general election. The Liberal Democrats, the Green Party and some in Labour have suggested she needs her own electoral mandate. However, it’s worth pointing out that elections – even...

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So you’re the new Prime Minister – what next?

, 12 July 2016

There are a few traditions in UK changes of prime minister. On Wednesday, after she returns from her meeting with the Queen at Buckingham Palace, Theresa May will head straight into Number 10 to make a speech in front of that famous front door. Then, having clapped David Cameron out the door, officials will...

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How are government projects faring?

, 12 July 2016

The Government is inevitably focusing its attention on the political and economic fallout from the EU referendum and this is already having a knock-on effect on other policies and projects. Our recent analysis shows that everything, from the High Speed Two rail network to the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station, is experiencing uncertainty....

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The Chilcot report: a system under strain

, 6 July 2016

In addition to criticising several decisions by the Prime Minister, the report makes systematic criticism of the processes of government. For example: The Joint Intelligence Committee should have made clear to the Prime Minister that “the assessed intelligence had not established beyond doubt either that Saddam Hussein had continued to produce chemical and biological...

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Brexit: what now for Whitehall?

, 6 July 2016

The panel included Bernard Jenkin MP, Chair of the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee; Lord Andrew Turnbull, former Cabinet Secretary; Melanie Dawes, Permanent Secretary for DCLG; Jane Dudman, from the Guardian; and Julian McCrae, Deputy Director of the Institute for Government. ‘This is going to be one of the biggest changes, I think,...

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