What Powers Does The British Prime Minister Have?


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Mark Henderson Profile
Mark Henderson answered
The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom is the head of Her Majesty's Government. The PM and the Cabinet are accountable for their polices and actions to the head of state, to both houses of Parliament and to their own political party. The current British Prime Minister is David Cameron.

Powers of the British Prime Minister
  • Appoints the Cabinet: The PM appoints all other cabinet members to their posts. At any time in his tenure the PM can appoint, dismiss or obtain a nominal resignation of any Cabinet minister. Usually the PM will exercise this power by appointing powerful allies and supporters to the Cabinet. The PM co-ordinates the activities and policies of the Cabinet and its Governmental departments. The PM acts as the public face of Her Majesty's Government.
  • Commander-in-Chief (in all but name): The Commander-in-Chief is legally the monarch, but under constitutional practice the Prime Minister has the powers to declare war, appoint or dismiss senior military officers and can authorize the use of Britain's nuclear deterrent.
  • Introduce legislature: Through cabinet the PM can co-ordinate, develop, amend and introduce legislature to the House of Commons. Through the use of "whips" (also appointed by the PM) the government can obtain a majority of support for legislature in the commons.
  • Recommends appointments to the Queen: The PM can advise the Queen on the appointments of senior honors such as peerages and knighthoods.
  • Terminate a Parliament or Government: The Prime Minister reserves the right to terminate a government and call a general election at any time in office.
Hassan Raza Profile
Hassan Raza answered
The Prime Minister holds an essential place of right from its creation till its final fall in a Cabinet shape of government. Tentatively all Ministers stand equivalent but in perform, the Prime Minister is most helpful and powerful as he can ask any Minister to quit. Prime Minister is base stone of the Cabinet curve. He is nearly head of the administration while other Ministers serve at his satisfaction.

Being the head of the majority party in the House of Commons, the Prime Minister assumes the roe of leader of the House. As leader of the Houses, the Prime Minister enjoys definite constitutional rights on the ground of the House. His view on significant national issues is salaried due regard. His statements and speeches are regarded as the most successful channels for molding public view.

British Prime Minister acts as a link among the Cabinet and the Queen. He keeps her well-informed about all significant decisions of the Cabinet. The Prime Minister now always takes the office of First Lord of the reserves, and irregularly some other office as well, such as that of Chancellor of the Exchequer (Gladstone), War Office. The view of the Prime Minister carries particular weight in foreign affairs. Secretary of Foreign Affairs remains in stable touch with the Prime Minister.
Richard Marsden Profile
Richard Marsden answered
The power of the Prime Minister depends on their individual leadership style and personality, but also on relationships with political problems and how they deal with difficulties within government. Over the years, a number of formal duties have evolved. The Prime Minister presides over the Cabinet, is responsible for the allocation of functions among ministers and informs the Queen or King at regular meetings of the general business of the government. The Prime Minster's other responsibilities include recommending a number of appointments to the Queen. These include Church of England appointments (such as archbishops, bishops etc), senior judges (such as the lord Chief Justice), Privy Councillors and Lord Lieutenants. Also, certain civil appointments such as Poet Laureate, Constable of the Tower, some university posts, and selections to various public boards and institutions (such as the BBC), are chosen by the Prime Minister.

The British Prime Minister has the power to appoint, reshuffle or dismiss ministers, which is thought to be the Prime Minister's most important power. He/she also has the power to create peers, to make appointments (as explained earlier), powers over ministerial conduct, powers relating to government business, powers over information, powers in international relations and power to terminate a Parliament or government.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
There are many powers and functions of british prime minister.he is the leader of majority party in house of common and also the head of cabinet.

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