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Introduction
How Does The Core Executive Fit into the Political System?
How is the Government put together
Ministerial Responsibility to Parliament
Ministers and Special Advisers
Other Major Public Organisations
Other Sections
The Cabinet
The Coalition
The Deputy Prime Minister
The Prime Minister
The Quad
Theories
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University 18 Yrs + | The Core Executive

The UK Deputy Prime Minister


In 2010, a Deputy Prime Minister’s Office was created for Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg so that he could keep track of decisions across the Core Executive from the Liberal Democrat point of view. 

It turned out, originally, to be quite inadequate in size with only four relatively junior advisers and was been expanded. Clegg was also responsible for the Constitution section in the Cabinet Office. 

There has not always been a Deputy Prime Minister. Attlee was Deputy Prime Minister to Churchill to give political balance to the wartime Coalition and Morrison and then Eden filled the role in the next two governments, but between 1955 and 1979 the post only existed for one year, for Butler. 

Whitelaw acted as Mrs Thatcher’s confidante in the role from 1979 to 1986, though he was also Home Secretary for the first part of the period. Howe was given the post for a year as consolation being sacked as Foreign Secretary and Heseltine had the post from 1995-7 and played a general co-ordinating role.  

Blair wanted to make John Prescott Deputy Prime Minister as he was Deputy Labour Party Leader and represented the traditional Labour Party but Prescott insisted on having a major Department to run as well.  Clegg decided not to copy this which some people saw as a mistake. 

On forming a majority government in 2015, David Cameron did not have a formal Deputy Prime Minister in the same capacity as Nick Clegg but Chancellor George Osborne was largely seen as the second in command. Prime Minister Theresa May also does not have a formal Deputy Prime Minister.


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