How Boris Johnson's changes to the role of special advisers disempowered ministers and undermined the quality of decision making in government.
Every autumn, UK political parties hold their annual conferences – gatherings of politicians, party members and affiliated groups.
if the prime minister wants to appoint a minister who is not a sitting MP or serving peer, they must enoble them.
Following his election as leader of the Labour Party on 4 April 2020, Keir Starmer conducted an extensive reshuffle of the shadow cabinet.
Sam Gyimah reflects on working across two departments, dealing with prison riots and government’s relationship with universities.
The UK does not have a formal constitutional role of a deputy or caretaker prime minister who would step in if the PM were unable to perform their job
Special advisers (SpAds) are political appointees hired to support ministers.
Boris Johnson should keep his ministers in place – excessive turnover means they never get properly on top of their brief.
Continued turnover of ministers and civil servants could disrupt the delivery of government projects and policies.
There are 650 seats in parliament. To have an overall majority, a political party must win over half of these seats: at least 326.