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This diary of mine may give you a bit more background on the British political system:
European Tribune - The UK political system
I've adapted a recent essay to give a bit of an overview of the UK's political structures and a look at the checks and balances on the power of government.  

The PM must be the leader of the Party that holds the majority of seats in Parliament.  The PM can resign the post, lose the post by losing their seat or by the party no longer holding a majority or by being ousted, no-confidenced or forced to resign by the party.

It isn't unusual especially of late for MPs to backstab within their own party and to publicly express disagreement with the Party line on a Bill for example or in situations like this to point the blame and say that the PM goes or I will because I'm just too disgusted with this to stay....  Overwhelming public opinion against Gordon Brown is influential in MPs resigning and speaking out against him - perhaps in the vain hope that the electorate will remember that and they won't lose their seats in the next election.

The PMs power is reliant upon keeping key MPs and cabinet members by their side.  Gordon Brown hasn't done a great job of that.  That is partly due to him and partly due to panic in the ranks as MPs can see the Party going down the pan, and blame must be put at somebody's door.  When half of the cabinet resigns, the Party loses credibility, the power of the PM is reduced, and the constant negative press hugely damages the reputation of the Party.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Fri Jun 5th, 2009 at 03:50:15 PM EST
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