Posts tagged with ‘ No 10 ’

Can BabyJo rescue No.10 and still maintain the coalition?

, 25 April 2013

David Miliband headed the No.10 Policy Unit before he went off to be MP for South Shields and then start his rise to Foreign Secretary. Andrew Adonis headed the No.10 Policy Unit before moving as a Lords Minister to the Department of Education and becoming the most enthusiastic ever Transport Secretary. In an earlier...

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Special Treatment? Why the coalition is appointing more special advisers

, 18 October 2011

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is in the process of appointing around half a dozen additional special advisers (SpAds). This will apparently take the overall number of SpAds across Whitehall to around 80, above the level at the end of the Labour administration (and not counting other political appointees within the civil service, let...

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Who leads what?

, 21 August 2011

This is not so much whether the riots and their aftermath have been the biggest test the Prime Minister has faced since coming to office, which seems to be the view of most commentators, but rather what kind of leadership is required to deal with such events. This has achieved greater prominence following the...

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Supporting the Prime Minister

, 1 July 2011

The Institute’s new working paper, Supporting Heads of Government, compares the support the UK Prime Minister receives with five other countries and highlights some key differences, especially in the type and amount of advice he receives on policies. The debate in the UK is typically characterised by a very negative attitude towards increasing the...

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Was Gordon Brown’s ‘Economic War Council’ a new model for driving the PM’s agenda?

, 2 June 2011

The National Economic Committee (NEC) was an ‘Economic War Council’ to drive the government response to the recession. This was a different sort of cabinet committee, that: met weekly (twice weekly at the start) was chaired by the PM and met in the famous COBRA crisis room –  to reinforce the message this was not...

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How the most powerful mandarins spend their time

, 17 March 2011

BBC4′s The Secret World of Whitehall last night gave a fascinating glimpse into the secretive world of the incumbent Cabinet Secretary Gus O’Donnell and the interactions between the Cabinet Office and No 10.

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Ireland shapes up

, 1 March 2011

The Institute for Government was modestly successful in persuading the incoming UK government to pick up our Shaping Up recommendations – but it turns out that the place where we really had an impact was Ireland.

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Strategy Unit RIP

, 16 November 2010

The Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit (PMSU) was created out of the merger of Performance and Innovation Unit, designed to challenge conventional policy-making form the centre, and the No.10 Forward Strategy Unit.

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An evening with Tony Blair

, 1 July 2010

It was a tough first audience made up of many familiar faces who helped shape his experiences as Prime Minister – and who were now busy settling in a new Prime Minister.

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