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.
Newly ennobled Lord Kerslake has lobbed a hand grenade at his successor by taking the government to task over its housing proposals. But it also raises questions of how quickly civil servants should go public on their former responsibilities.
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.
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.
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.
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.