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Minister and date Issue
Robin Cook (Foreign The decision to support the
Secretary), 2003 US- led invasion of Iraq
John Denham (Home Office
minister), 2000
Clare Short (International Post-Iraq war policies
Development Secretary),
2003
James Purnell (Work and General direction of policy
Pensions Secretary), 2009 under Gordon Brown's
leadership
Lee Scott (junior ministerial The decision to allow
aide), 2010 universities to increase tuition
Mike Crockart (junior fees
ministerial aide), 2010
Minister and date Issue
Peter Mandelson (Northern Embarrassing questions about
Ireland Secretary), 1998 a loan…read more

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Estelle Morris (Education Her own admitted inability to
Secretary), 2002 deal with difficult education
decisions.
David Blunkett (Home Questions about his
Secretary), 2004 department's role in possibly
interfering with a visa
application for a friend's
nanny.
Shahid Malik (Justice Minister), Questions about his expenses
2009 claims for housing (this was
later overturned and he was
reinstated).
Jacqui Smith (Home Allegations that she had
Secretary), 2010 claimed expenses for videos
hired by her husband.
David Laws (Chief Secretary to Alleged financial irregularities.…read more

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Powers
of the
Prime
Ministe
r:…read more

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Formal Informal
Powers Powers
derived that vary
from according
being to the
head of political
state and circumsta
enjoying nces of
prerogati each PM ­
ve all holders
powers ­ of the
these office
powers have
do not them, but
vary. not in
equal
measure.
To Chief
negotia policy-
te maker
foreign for the
treaties govern
. ment.
To Represe
comma nts the
nd the nation
armed to
forces. foreign
To powers.
appoint Controls
/ the
dismiss busines
ministe s of the
rs. cabinet.…read more

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To be n.
head of
the civil
service
&
determi
ne its
structur
e.
To
grant
peerag
es &
appoint
people
to
import
ant
public
posts.…read more

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Prime ministerial power
and its limitations:
Power Limitations
Prerogative power Few
limitations,
although they
could be
overruled by
the cabinet or
Parliament.
Chief policy-maker Could be
overruled by
their party,
Parliament,
the cabinet or
a coalition
partner.
Could be
overwhelme
d by adverse
events.
Parliamentary leader Could lack a
decisive
majority
following a
general
election.
Could be
overruled by
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Old Sir

This is a concise and useful overview of the nature of the UK core executive which many students will find useful as a starting point when revising this area. Examples of diminishing power and loss of office for both cabinet ministers and prime ministers may offer very useful starting points for researching case studies in depth in order to address assessment objective 2, (evaluation and analysis).

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