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How does Israel change its leaders without an election?

The situation in early 2021 The change in leadership, in this case, is coming about after an election. Legislative elections were held in March 2021, but no party reached the 61-seat threshold needed ...
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UK PM is taking his proposal to EU but has not proposed to his own parliament - can he legally bypass the UK parliament?

He can negotiate and sign agreements without involving parliament yes, but Parliament will need to ratify the agreement once signed for it to come into force. So far he's negotiating with the EU just ...
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In the UK parliament, how much of Prime Minister's Questions is pre-planned?

Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs) is in theory no different from the usual departmental ministers' questions, with the key difference being that instead of the questions being known ahead of time, a &...
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What drives the appeal and nostalgia of Margaret Thatcher within UK Conservative Party?

Success! Margaret Thatcher was exceptionally successful, winning 3 General Elections with large majorities, and perhaps more importantly, never losing a general election. Partisans love a winner. ...
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Why is the vote of no confidence on the prime minister for Conservative MPs only?

Because it's not a vote of confidence in the Prime Minister, it's a vote of confidence in the Leader of the Conservative Party, who also happens to be the Prime Minister. See the announcement from the ...
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Why are UK prime ministers resigning, rather than waiting out their term and enjoying the benefits?

While one would generally hope that Prime Ministers who clearly have no continued mandate would resign out of a sense of honour, at least in the last three cases they have resigned from their post ...
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Why are UK Prime Ministers educated at Oxford, not Cambridge?

This is a cultural effect. In the 20th century, Cambridge positioned itself as the university of science and technology. Oxford positioned itself as the university of humanities and politics. A school ...
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What drives the appeal and nostalgia of Margaret Thatcher within UK Conservative Party?

While success at the ballot box is definitely a factor, my personal experience from speaking to Conservative party members, as well as a couple of MPs, is that Thatcher's legacy is remembered with ...
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"We're producing more varieties of cheese than the French!" What was (future UK Prime Minister) Liz Truss's point here?

While the British jingoism angle covered in other answers is definitely an important one, I think it’s worth considering the context in which the speech was delivered to get the full picture. The ...
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Does the British PM have the power to return the Koh-i-Noor diamond to India?

Not unilaterally, no. The Koh-i-Noor diamond is part of the Crown Jewels, owned by the sovereign in the right of the Crown. The Prime Minister has no executive power to seize Crown property, and would ...
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How does Israel change its leaders without an election?

In a Parliamentary system, the Prime Minister and the rest of the executive are not elected. When we talk about an “elected government”, that’s actually an imprecise abbreviation for “a government ...
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How is Katrin Jakobsdottir (Prime Minister of Iceland) able to remain in office despite winning third-most seats in last election?

This can occur when there is a compromise candidate. In the Icelandic coalition, there are a conservative and a progressive party in coalition with a green party. The conservative party may have ...
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Why was Kwasi Kwarteng sacked and Jeremy Hunt appointed as the UK finance minister?

It’s not entirely obvious at first glance, as Kwarteng appears to have been sacked for agreeing with the Prime Minister; he set out in his ‘mini budget’ a slate of fiscal policies which Truss herself ...
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Is there enough support in the UK parliament for a no confidence vote in the PM?

148 Conservative MPs ... ... have voted in favor of a change of leadership of the conservative party. Had they prevailed, there would be a new Conservative prime minister. That is a very different ...
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If the UK Prime Minister suddenly dies, what happens?

Your understanding is correct - there is no UK Prime Minister until one is appointed by the Queen. In the meantime, the Civil Contingencies Act (2004) gives the Monarch (in practice, government ...
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When did a Prime Minister last miss two, consecutive Prime Minister's Questions?

The last occasion that a Prime Minister did not attend PMQs twice in a row was on the 22nd of April and the 29th of April 2020. On the 22nd, Johnson was recovering from coronavirus, and on the 29th, ...
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How does a British Prime Minister 'sack' Ministers?

In all cases that I can think of, the minister is told to resign, and they do so. Even in cases when it is clear to everyone that the Minister has been fired, it is presented as a resignation1. ...
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Are British Prime Ministers forbidden from cycling?

No, it's not forbidden per se, but as Joe C mentioned, the security concerns of the Prime Minister cycling in London probably make it more trouble than it's worth. On the other hand, Johnson has often ...
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When was the last/prior time a former PM served in another (non-PM) position in the UK government?

The instance in the 1970s was when Alec Douglas-Home came back to serve as Foreign Secretary in the Heath ministry in 1970, just under six years after leaving the office of Prime Minister in 1964 ...
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In the UK Conservative party, what happens when a vote of no confidence in the leader fails?

Under current Conservative Party rules, she remains leader, and cannot be subject to a party confidence vote for another year. Being a party matter, none of this affects any parliamentary vote of no ...
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Why was Kwasi Kwarteng sacked and Jeremy Hunt appointed as the UK finance minister?

Q: Why is Kwasi Kwarteng sacked? The so called mini-budget which he developed together with Liz Truss was poorly received by the public and the market. It was not just unpopular, but also doing real-...
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Is there enough support in the UK parliament for a no confidence vote in the PM?

While the title question is "Is there enough support for a no-confidence vote?" I want to answer one of the questions in the text first: Is it possible for the opposition to launch a no ...
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Who will lead the country until there is a new Tory leader?

She resigned as the conservative party leader effective June 7th. That will lead to a new prime minister in due course, since her successor in the party role would presumably want to become the new ...
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How can US presidents commute criminal sentences?(i.e. Manning Jan 17), but UK Prime-ministers can't?

The US President's Pardon-Power The United States Constitution gives the President the ability to pardon criminal offences: he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against ...
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What is Theresa May waiting for?

Based on the reporting, she's staying a bit longer for two main reasons: The prime minister will remain in Downing Street, to shoulder the blame for what are expected to be dire results for her ...
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How does a British Prime Minister 'sack' Ministers?

Legally, the status of ministers, as for other MPs, up until their resignation or "sacking", is that of an Office holder, which is separate from that of an employee. As such, the employment rights ...
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What power does the UK parliament hold over a Prime Minister whom they refuse to remove from power?

How much power does Parliament actually wield in a situation like this? Could they force a recalcitrant Prime Minister to take actions he/she does not agree with using another method (i.e. legislation)...
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Has a former Prime Minister ever broken a three-line whip before?

Edward Heath, (PM in the 1970s) defied an opposition whip in 1997 by abstaining on the vote on the Treaty of Amsterdam. He was the only Conservative to defy the whip on this vote. (source, page 2 ...
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How uncommon is it for a Prime Minister not to respond to an urgent question themselves?

Since Tony Blair became Prime Minister in 1997, there have been twenty-eight urgent questions directed to the PM; one to Blair, seven to David Cameron, nine to Theresa May, ten to Boris Johnson, and (...
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Why are UK Prime Ministers educated at Oxford, not Cambridge?

The question of why Oxford rather than Cambridge really only begins after the Great War. Prior to this, it was about even between Oxford, Cambridge and everywhere else as to the education of a PM. (I ...
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