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Mini-lecture: A hung Parliament explained

29 March 2010


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  • With a general election looming, Professor Robert Hazell, Director of the Constitution Unit, explains what a hung Parliament would mean for the UK.

    In this scenario, Professor Hazell explained, "Gordon Brown, the incumbent prime minister, will remain in office as prime minister after the election, until it becomes clear who can command confidence in the new Parliament and form the new government - and that isn't necessarily the largest single party.

    "In 2009 the Constitution Unit did a lot of research on hung parliaments and minority governments in partnership with the Institute for Government, and we published a major report in December of last year which contained recommendations on how to make a hung Parliament and a minority government work - recommendations for the Crown, the Government itself and the Civil Service."

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