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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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05 MAR 2020 Interview

David Gauke

David Gauke reflects on his time at the Treasury, pushing through reforms to the justice system and rebelling against the government in parliament.

04 MAR 2020 Interview

Norman Lamb

Norman Lamb reflects on not being offered a ministerial role after the 2010 general election, coalition politics and mental health care reforms.

27 FEB 2020 Interview

Greg Clark

Greg Clark was interviewed on 27 February 2020 for the Institute for Government’s Ministers Reflect project.

04 FEB 2020 Interview

David Mundell

David Mundell talks about his time in the Scotland Office and his relationship with the Scottish government during the 2014 independence referendum.

22 JAN 2020 Interview

David Lidington

David Lidington reflects on David Cameron’s renegotiation of the UK’s EU membership and the 2016 referendum and being Theresa May’s deputy.

07 JAN 2020 Interview

Jeremy Hunt

Jeremy Hunt reflects on his nine years in the cabinet, including serving as the longest-serving health secretary, and his role in the Leveson Inquiry.

09 DEC 2019 Interview

Gavin Barwell

Gavin Barwell was interviewed on 9 December 2019 for the Institute for Government’s Ministers Reflect project.

04 NOV 2019 Interview

Philip Hammond

Philip Hammond reflects on his nine years in government. He discusses his relationship with Theresa May and how Brexit affected the government.

21 OCT 2019 Interview

Chris Grayling

Chris Grayling talks about his various ministerial roles, including key decisions he made as justice and transport secretary.

24 SEP 2019 Interview

Tony Blair

Tony Blair was interviewed on 24 April 2019 for the Institute for Government's Ministers Reflect project.