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Thank goodness Theresa May has restored cabinet government – or has she? Relief all round that the new Prime Minister has revived traditional collegiate government.

Thank goodness Theresa May has restored cabinet government – or has she?

“She has brought back proper cabinet government with formal committees,” reported Laura Kuenssberg, the BBC’s Political Editor. She has “started well”, said Lord Tebbit, getting away from “ad hoc decision making amongst a few chums”. Much was also made of Theresa May’s declaration, when she paused the go-ahead for Hinkley Point nuclear power station: “I actually look at the evidence, take the advice, consider it properly and then come to a decision.” This all sounds lovely, but it is the purest moonshine. Even at this early stage, we can see that her cabinet is neither more “collegiate” nor more “presidential” than those of most of her predecessors. Personally, I am agnostic on Hinkley and am opposed to the expansion of Heathrow, but I don’t think the way the decisions were arrived at was relevant. Theresa May's Cabinet: Who's in – and who's out?

As I was reminded twice this week, it was ever thus. BBC Two - Daily Politics - Great Offices of State. Politicscymru. Introduction David Cameron came to office promising to restore the cabinet to its central role.


This article tests the claim that under Cameron cabinet government has been restored and that it again plays a central role in decision-making. Cameron came to office in May 2010 promising that decisions would no longer be made in secretive inner circles which bypassed the full cabinet. The cabinet would be restored to its textbook role at the heart of government. As Anthony Seldon has argued, 'Cameron was...clear that his premiership would see a return to formal cabinet government'. Why did Cameron want to revive cabinet? Cameron the anti-Blair David Cameron came to power having famously declared that he was the 'heir to Blair'. Cameron's revolutionary zeal Another reason for Cameron's public support of cabinet and its committees was that on coming to power he unleashed what the author Andrew Rawnsley has called a 'Maoist' revolution across the whole range of government departments.

Election 2015: Who's Who in David Cameron's new cabinet. Here's a guide to who's who in David Cameron's cabinet: Prime Minister David Cameron, who became prime minister in 2010 at the head of a coalition government with the Liberal Democrats, has now appointed an all-Conservative cabinet.

Election 2015: Who's Who in David Cameron's new cabinet

First Secretary of State and Chancellor of the Exchequer David Cameron argued during the campaign that it was essential for George Osborne to be "back at his desk" following the election. The chancellor will also take on the role of first secretary of state, making him the highest ranking cabinet minister after the prime minister. Home Secretary. Interviews on how to be effective in Government.

Individual and collective ministerial responsibility

The Cabinet Manual is constitutionally problematic because it expresses only ... In 2010, the then-Government published the Cabinet Manual, which was at the time seen as a first step towards the formal codification of the British constitution.

The Cabinet Manual is constitutionally problematic because it expresses only ...

While its introduction is likely to have a significant impact on the influence of convention in Government, the domination of the production of the manual and a number of similar documents by the UK executive is constitutionally problematic, argues Andrew Blick. Credit: The Prime Minister’s Office, CC BY 2.0 A process currently underway in the UK has important implications for the way we are governed, raising difficult questions about the democratic legitimacy of the system itself. The Cabinet Manual, first published in October 2011, exemplifies this tendency. Conventions – defined here as rules that are not legally enacted – are important to any constitution. Impetus for the production of the manual came from three sources.

This judicial development is at present, speculative. Dr.