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Can anyone give me any examples of collective ministerial responsibility watch

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    like times when a government has resigned or called a general election as a result of a vote of confidence OR a time when a minister has resigned because they do not support 'offical' government policy.

    Robin Cook?

    Clare Short? David Cairns?

    As for successful no-confidence motions, you have to go back to Callaghan in 1979. There was a hung parliament, he was PM and relied on the support of small parties. Following the Winter of Discontent and the strange semi-defeat of Scottish devolution in the 1979 referendum, he lost support - particularly from the SNP - and a no confidence motion was brought by Thatcher. It was won by a single vote. A general election was called, Callaghan of course lost. Before that, the last successful no confidence vote was Ramsey MacDonald in the 20s...

    Ministers resign all the time for a variety of reasons. Fairly well-known names who resigned because of policy include:

    Robin Cook (as mentione above - Iraq)
    Geoffrey Howe and Nigel Lawson (Europe and the role of Alan Walters)
    James Purnell (as part of the mass resignation against Brown in 2009 - though his appeared to be more on policy than personalities/worries over a safe seat/feared the sack anyway)

    Basically it is big news if a cabinet minister resigns from the government over a policy disagreement. If it's to do with infidelity, then the chappie in this photo is sometimes to be seen helping promote the story...
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