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The module is led by Dr Jon Davis, alongside co-teacher and No.10 Downing Street Researcher in Residence Dr Michelle Clement. Special attention is given to the memoirs and diaries of the prime ministers, cabinet ministers and senior officials involved in managing the central machinery of government, as well as first-hand testimony from a selection of highly-relevant and high profile guests. In previous years classes have taken place within No. 10 Downing Street itself, and guest speakers have included former Prime Ministers Tony Blair, David Cameron, Theresa May and the Cabinet Secretary Simon Case.

The three highest scoring essays from this module and the accompanying module ‘The History of the Prime Minister 1945-1979’ will be read by the Cabinet Secretary who will then award the ‘Cabinet Secretary’s prize’. The next seven highest scoring essays will be considered if the Cabinet Secretary’s interest is piqued by the titles. The winner will be invited to discuss the essay with the Cabinet Secretary in Downing St.