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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…

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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…

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Powers
of the
Prime
Ministe
r:

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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…

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structur s that
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govern required
ment & to deal
the with a
respon short-te
sibilitie rm
s of emerge
ministe ncy
rs. situatio
To be n.
head of
the civil
service
&
determi
ne its
structur
e.
To
grant
peerag
es &
appoint
people
to
import
ant…

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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…

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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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