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Ministers Reflect

Interviews with former ministers on the realities of the role and how to be effective in government.

Our Ministers Reflect series of interviews includes more than 150 conversations with former ministers from the UK and devolved governments. They discuss the reality of being a minister, reflect on what they wish they had known about the job before they began, and offer advice to new ministers taking on the role.

Our interviews are regularly used by civil servants, policy makers and academics to inform their work.

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10 MAY 2023 Interview

George Eustice

George Eustice reflects on his time in the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

25 APR 2023 Interview

Matt Warman

Matt Warman discusses being an expert minister, how to navigate ‘caretaker’ government and receiving an apology for being sacked by Boris Johnson.

06 DEC 2022 Interview

Lord Frost

Lord Frost reflects on his time as minister of state overseeing Brexit.

07 OCT 2022 Interview

Jim Murphy

Jim Murphy reflects on his time as secretary of state for Scotland and as a junior minister

22 SEP 2022 Interview

David Davis

David Davis talks about his career in government, including his time as secretary of state for exiting the European Union.

29 JUN 2022 Interview

Maria Miller

Maria Miller reflects on her career as a minister, including her time as secretary of state for culture, media and sport.

14 JUN 2022 Interview

Caroline Dinenage

Caroline Dinenage discusses the support she received from the civil service and working with three different prime ministers.

26 JAN 2022 Interview

Michael Russell

Michael Russell reflects on his role as Scottish cabinet secretary for education, and as the minister responsible for UK-EU relations during Brexit.

12 JAN 2022 Interview

Eric Pickles

Lord Pickles considers his five years as secretary of state for communities and local government.

29 NOV 2021 Interview

Hazel Blears

Hazel Blears was interviewed on 29 November 2021 for the Institute for Government’s Ministers Reflect project.