Prime Minister

Early Election? More Like a Return to Normal

By: Peter Heaton-Jones

Much has been made of Rishi Sunak’s decision to call an ‘early’ general election. But 4 July is only ‘early’ relative to the latest date an election could legally be held, in January 2025, and we shouldn’t be surprised that the Prime Minister hasn’t … [Read more...] about Early Election? More Like a Return to Normal

Is the UK Subject to a Deep State? Liz Truss and the Civil Service

By: Jai Jethwa

Politics has moved frenetically in recent weeks. There has been the appointment of a new First Minister in Scotland, the drama of England’s local elections, and, inevitably, countless headlines over the Government’s Rwanda plan as it entered the UK … [Read more...] about Is the UK Subject to a Deep State? Liz Truss and the Civil Service

The Rwanda bill: A constitutional tipping point? 

By: Stuart Wallace

Introduction In late 2023, the UK Supreme Court (UKSC) handed down their judgment in the case of R (SAA) v Secretary of State for the Home Department. In a unanimous judgment, the UKSC held that the Home Secretary’s policy that certain people … [Read more...] about The Rwanda bill: A constitutional tipping point? 

Towards the codification of war powers?

By: David Klemperer

Last month, Rishi Sunak’s decision to conduct airstrikes against the Houthis in Yemen sparked significant debate – not only about the merits of such actions, but also about their constitutionality. Several opposition politicians – including Scottish … [Read more...] about Towards the codification of war powers?

Choosing party leaders

By: Alys Thomas

Introduction This is a blog about the constitutional issues at stake when it comes to the self-selecting memberships of political parties choosing party leaders and thus Prime Ministers.[1] As this blog is being drafted, there is some … [Read more...] about Choosing party leaders

The transformation of collective responsibility

By: Laura Gherman

Collective responsibility is a constitutional convention which has existed since the eighteenth century aiming to unite ministers so that they speak with one voice when facing a monarch and the public. The principles behind this convention were born … [Read more...] about The transformation of collective responsibility

The Complex Implications of Reshuffles

By: Laura Gherman

To understand the significance of reshuffles, we must first understand the motivations of the Prime Minister enacting them. The primary one of all Prime Ministers is to maintain power, and this can be achieved by winning elections and fending off … [Read more...] about The Complex Implications of Reshuffles

Post-Johnson, constitutional combustion continues. But the fire can be extinguished

By: Peter Hennessy

Our recent book, The Bonfire of the Decencies: Repairing and Restoring the British Constitution, analysed the turbulent 2019-2022 Boris Johnson administration from a constitutional perspective. It noted a worrying tendency. Johnson himself, and … [Read more...] about Post-Johnson, constitutional combustion continues. But the fire can be extinguished

Party members choosing Prime Ministers – a constitutional concern?

By: David Klemperer

On 5 September, the Conservative Party will announce its new leader, and Britain’s next Prime Minister. After five rounds of voting, Conservative MPs have narrowed the choice down to two candidates, Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak. But the final decision … [Read more...] about Party members choosing Prime Ministers – a constitutional concern?

The constitutional consequences of Mr. Johnson

Andrew Blick
By: Andrew Blick

Conservative politicians are currently busy distancing themselves from Boris Johnson. But he is more than just an unfortunate one-off episode in political history, as a consideration of his constitutional legacy demonstrates. Johnson brought his own … [Read more...] about The constitutional consequences of Mr. Johnson

Upholding standards in public life: the presidential and ‘pragmatic populist’ challenges

Alex Walker
By: Alex Walker

When an updated version of the Ministerial Code was published last month, most of the headlines focused on the idea that the under-pressure Prime Minister had watered down the Code in order to save his own skin. As constitutional observers were quick … [Read more...] about Upholding standards in public life: the presidential and ‘pragmatic populist’ challenges