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Title of Deputy Prime Minister watch

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    Hey, not sure where this should go, but here we go...

    Whilst I was flicking through wikipedia (yay), on the page for "First Secretary of State" it says that this title is used sometimes in place of Deputy Prime Minister because the title of Deputy Prime Minister has some "issues" surrounding it. What exactly are these issues? The page mentions one is that there may be some expectation the Deputy would be in charge if the PM is incapacitated, are there many others?


    Since 1945 we have had eight deputy prime ministers. The title is mainly honorific rather than practical and has no standing in our constitution. Furthermore, the post contains no "additional" powers and by that I mean the deputy does not assume powers of the prime minister when the prime minister suffers absence or illness.
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