The Ministerial Foothills:Labour Government Junior Ministers 1997-2010


The article assesses the role and influence of junior ministers in the Labour government of 1997–2010, putting them in context against the background of the experience and position of junior ministers in previous British governments. The article also analyses data relating to junior ministers' appointments and promotions under Labour to bring out the patterns of continuity and change in ministerial career paths. Junior ministerial jobs remain key apprenticeship posts in the British system, and though the experience can be a limiting and frustrating one, they undertake many essential ministerial functions and help maintain political control and accountability in government.

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Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities
Additional Information: This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Parliamentary Affairs following peer review. The version of record Kevin Theakston, Mark Gill, Judi Atkins; The Ministerial Foothills: Labour Government Junior Ministers 1997–2010, Parliamentary Affairs, Volume 67, Issue 3, 1 July 2014, Pages 688–707 is available online at:
Publication ISSN: 1460-2482
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2023 10:52
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Published Date: 2014-07
Authors: Atkins, Judi (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-7391-4685)
Theakston, Kevin
Gill, Mark



Version: Accepted Version

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