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Who is Martin Reynolds?

Martin Reynolds was Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minster from October 2019 until his resignation in February 2022. He previously served…

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What is ‘partygate’?

‘Partygate’ comprises of a series of allegations that a number parties took place across 10 Downing Street and other government buildings over…

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Who is Simon Case?

Simon Case is the Cabinet Secretary – the most senior policy adviser to the Prime Minister. It is a wide-ranging role which…

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Who is Sue Gray?

Sue Gray is a senior civil servant who is Second Permanent Secretary at the Cabinet Office and at the Department for Levelling…

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What is the 1922 Committee?

The 1922 Committee is made up of all backbench Conservative MPs, and was originally formed on the initiative of new Conservative MPs…

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What is the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill?

The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill is a piece of legislation passing through the Houses of Parliament which proposes an overhaul…

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What is the Commonwealth?

The Commonwealth of Nations, also known as the Commonwealth, is a voluntary grouping of 54 countries, nearly all of which were formerly…

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What is the Intergovernmental Relations Review?

The Intergovernmental Relations Review (IGR) was published in January 2022. It follows a process of joint review by the UK government and…

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What are financial services?

Financial services are the economic services provided by the finance sector to individuals, households and firms in order to facilitate various kinds…

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What is the Confederation of British Industry?

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) is a non-profit organisation which represents the interests of 190,000 business, making it the largest such…

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What is the “Northern Powerhouse”?

In June 2014, then-Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne stated that England’s northern cities were ‘collectively not strong enough’ and argued that…

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When is the next general election?

The timing of the next general election is uncertain. The Dissolution and Calling of Parliament Bill (at the time of writing) has…

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