Pm and Cabinet

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08 Fall How governments are formed There are no codified rules in the UK to state how government is formed, in theory it is in the hands of the monarch – up until the 19thCentury this was largely a reality. However the monarch no longer plays any active role in this process. The party that wins a majority of seats in the House of Commons after a general election, its leader will be invited by the monarch to form a government. 2010 Coalition * Conservatives were longest party in HoC but failed to win overall majority * Labour negotiated a coalition with LibDems and later the LibDems negotiated with both main parties for a coalition * Labour and LibDem did not make an overall majority * Gordon Brown later resigned…show more content…
She was respected abroad almost as Churchill had been, and the media concentrated all their attention on her. Ultimately her own cabinet removed her in 1990 after her support for the highly unpopular poll tax. * She was replaced by John Major who brought back cabinet and collective decision-making. However the cabinet proved to be an obstacle in the way of Major’s attempts to improve our democracy. * Tony Blair 1997-2007 set about restoring personal control. He took prime-ministerial control to new heights. His style of leadership was often described as ‘sofa politics’; a form of practice of settling issues with individual ministers privately and informally. Blair’s style was also described as presidential; he often spoke on behalf of the nation rather than the head of government. His total domination of foreign affairs marked Tony Blair as one of the most dominant PMs. * Gordon Brown 2007-2010 could never dominate as Blair had done; he had a lack of media and public support and a gap in his legitimacy since he had never faced the electorate in the general election as a party leader. Commonly described as an ‘unelected PM’ * David Cameron 2010- faces domination within a coalition, where he must share power within 2 parties. Prime Minister Generally over the years the Monarch’s role has slowly decreased as more jobs have been put on the PM’s. Sir Robert Walpole was the first ever prime minister
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