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Has the Prime Minister become more powerful in recent years?

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Has the Prime Minister become more powerful in recent years? The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is the head of government and so exercises many of the executive functions nominally vested in the Sovereign, who is head of state. According to custom, the Prime Minister and the Cabinet, which he or she heads, are accountable for their actions to Parliament, of which they are members by modern convention. The current Prime Minister is Tony Blair (of the Labour Party), who has been in office since 1997. During his period in office and also, Margaret Thatchers period in office, there has been wide spread debate about whether the power of the prime minister has increased. ...read more.

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There has been a growth in policy support for the prime minister and this has led to his more or less unrivalled policy making decisions which has been shown in the media which is now controlled by the prime minister as well. Lastly, the prime minister now acts on his own wishes rather than consluting his party on a number of times which has led to a more presidential style of government rather than a party led government; if it were not for the European Union and it's supreme sovreignty over Britain, the prime minister could become a president in one sense. Even after the number factors which suggest the prime minister is becoming more powerful, there are a number of things that suggest otherwise. ...read more.

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This would also lead to a number of problems if members of the cabinet were to resign; the public would become wary and would feel insecure and could try and get another party elected into power. The European Union also pose a threat to the prime minister as they can override any decisions made and if they were to do so, it would signify weakness in the prime minister and could open the door for others to try and rebel against him/her. Finally, Margaret Thatcher was deserted by her party for being to reckless and finally removed from power by her cabinet; this proves that no matter how powerful the prime minister may seem to be, he/she is governed by his/her party and most importantly, the public. If he/she were to offend either of them then his/her position would be under threat. ...read more.

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