The current Prime Minister is Tony Blair, the leader of the New Labour Party. The Labour Party won an overall majority of ‘seats’ in the last two General Elections.
Tony Blair lives at 10 Downing Street, the traditional and official residence of the Prime Minister, in London. The House has seen many a famous minister come and go.
His job is to be the top man of government. He does various important things such as appoint ministers to the positions of power over various particular departments. These are often referred to as ‘Secretaries of State’ and are in charge of departments known singularly as a ‘Ministry’. These ministers are responsible for their department and everything that happens within it.
Born in 1953, Tony Charles Lynton Blair (his full name) studied law at Oxford and eventually became a barrister.
He has been noted for his quick ascent of the political mountain – despite failing early on to succeed in a by-election. He is married to the long-suffering (so called thanks to the amount of negative media attention she has previously received) Cherie Booth who is also a Barrister. Together they have four children and have done a fairly good job of keeping them out of the political limelight.Tony Blair has a certain charisma that is hard to deny. Some might call it a ‘charm’ and others more negatively claim he is simply good at ‘the act’ of seeming thoughtful. If it is an act, he is a very good actor. One gets the feeling he is in the job for reasons that perhaps go beyond the desire for fame and power, and his position as a ‘moral christian’ is one the party have been keen to show enough of to impress.He manages not to let his religion get ‘in the way’ of his politics, which is not something that can be said for our friend Mr. Bush in the White House, for good or ill.Secretaries of State?
The Foreign Secretary – This minister deals with matters relating to international issues such as dealings with other countries and other diplomatic arrangements.
The Home Secretary – As you may have guessed, the home Secretary deals with domestic, internal affairs. Matters of government and of the country itself.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer – The head financial secretary, responsible for numbers and money.
The Lord Chancellor – Head minister for matters that are legal and law related. He is particularly interested in the legal system and keeping tabs on its operation and execution.
For Education – Minister in charge of education, matters relating to schools, adult education and other such issues. For Transport and Environment – Previously seen as a less crucial role, this minister has a hard job dealing with the governments stance on transport issues and ever increasingly, with the environment.
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