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What is Prime Minister’s Questions?

Prime Minister’s Questions, or PMQs, is an opportunity for MPs to put questions to the Prime Minister.

PMQs happens every Wednesday at midday in the House of Commons. It is broadcast live on television.

During this time, the Leader of the Opposition has an opportunity to ask the Prime Minister six questions.

If the Prime Minister is away for PMQs, the Deputy Prime Minister will take his or her place and the Opposition questions will be asked by the Deputy Leader of the Opposition.

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Who is the Leader of the Opposition?

The Leader of the Opposition is usually the leader of the political party with the second highest number of MPs in the House of Commons.

The Opposition is the group of politicians in Parliament who are the alternative to the Government.

One of the responsibilities of the Leader of the Opposition is to hold the Government to account. One of the opportunities to do this is at Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs), which happens in the House of Commons.

Prime Minister’s Questions takes place every Wednesday at midday and is broadcast live on television. During this time, the Leader of the Opposition is allowed to ask the Prime Minister six questions.

The Leader of the Opposition is supported by a Shadow Cabinet, which is made up of shadow ministers. These are the politicians who would take up roles like Chancellor of the Exchequer, Home Secretary and Foreign Secretary if their party was to win a general election and get into government.

The current Leader of the Opposition is Ed Miliband, who is the leader of the Labour Party.

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What does ‘shadow’ mean in politics?

You may hear the word ‘shadow’ used in relation to prominent members of the Opposition.

The Opposition is usually formed by the political party with the second highest number of MPs in the House of Commons. It is not part of the Government. It is the Opposition’s job to present an alternative to the Government and hold it to account.

Each member of the Government has an opposite number whose job it is to scrutinise them. The word shadow is used to refer to these politicians. If the party in Opposition wins a general election, shadow ministers replace the members of the Government.

So, for example, the Shadow Home Secretary is the member of the Opposition who would deal with home affairs if their party was in Government.

It is the Shadow Home Secretary’s job to make sure the Home Secretary is performing to the best of their ability. This is often done by asking the Home Secretary difficult questions in Parliament.

The Shadow Home Secretary will present voters with an alternative way of doing the job. He or she will criticise the Home Secretary if they disapprove of the work they’re doing.

You may also hear references to the Shadow Cabinet.

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What is a shadow minister?

A shadow minister is a politician who is a member of the Opposition and has been appointed to speak about how an alternative government would do things differently.

Each member of the Government has an opposite number whose job it is to scrutinise them. If the party in Opposition wins a general election, shadow ministers replace the members of the Government.

So, for example, a shadow Home Office minister would help to deal with home affairs if their party was in Government.

One of the jobs of shadow ministers is to make sure Government ministers are performing to the best of their ability. This is often done by asking ministers difficult questions in Parliament.

Shadow ministers will present voters with an alternative way of running the country. They will criticise ministers if they disapprove of the work they’re doing.

Senior shadow ministers make up the Shadow Cabinet.

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What is the Opposition?

The Opposition is the group of politicians in Parliament who are the alternative to the Government.

It is usually made up of the political party with the second highest number of MPs in the House of Commons.

As well as presenting the electorate with an alternative, it is the Opposition party’s job to hold the Government to account.

The Opposition includes a Shadow Cabinet, which is made up of shadow ministers. These are the politicians who would take up roles like Chancellor of the Exchequer, Home Secretary and Foreign Secretary if their party was to win a general election and get into Government.

The Leader of the Opposition is the leader of the political party with the second highest number of MPs in the House of Commons. The current Leader of the Opposition is Ed Miliband, who is the leader of the Labour Party.

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