Prime Minister of Wellmoore
The Prime Minister of Wellmoore is the Head of Government of The Kingdom of Wellmoore. The Prime Minister sits also as Head of the House of Ministers and Head of the Cabinet and selects its ministers, and advises the sovereign on the exercise of much of their Royal Powers.
The Prime Minister is the individual that is typically the leader of the political party or coalition of parties that holds the largest number of seats in the House of Ministers after an election.
|Prime Minister of Wellmoore|
Standard of the Prime Minister
|HM's Government of Wellmoore |
Office of the Prime Minister
|Style||The Right Honorable (Formal),
Prime Minister (Informal),His Excellency (Abroad)
|Reports to||House of Ministers|
|Appointer||Monarch of Wellmoore|
|Term length||5 Years|
|Formation||14th of March 2021|
|First holder||The Rt. Hon. Lord Axel MP|
|Deputy||Deputy Prime Minister of Wellmoore|
The position of Prime Minister was established on the 14th of March 2020 along with HM's Government of Wellmoore and the passing of the Wellmoorean Constitiution.
Prime Ministers of Wellmoore
- The Right Honourable Lord Axel MP - LGBT Party (September 2020 - Present)
The Prime Minister is appointed by the monarch. The monarch may also dismiss the Prime Minister.
By convention, the Prime Minister is also an elected MP and is normally the leader of the political party that commands a majority in the House of Ministers.
Office of the Prime Minister
The Prime Minister's Office helps the Prime Minister to 'establish and deliver the government's overall strategy and policy priorities, and to communicate the government's policies to Parliament, the public and international audiences'.
The Office of the Prime Minister is formally part of the Cabinet Office.
Nobody has the right of automatic succession to the Prime Ministership. However, it is generally considered by those with an interest in the matter that in the event of the death of the Prime Minister, it would be appropriate to appoint an Interim Prime Minister.
A Prime Minister ends their tenure by offering their resignation to the monarch. This can happen after their party has suffered a general election defeat, so they no longer command the confidence of the House of Ministers. It can also happen mid-term, if they are forced to resign for political reasons,or other reasons such as ill health. If the Prime Minister resigns mid-term, and their party has a majority in the House of Ministers, the party selects a new leader according to its rules, and this new leader is invited by the monarch to become the new Prime Minister. The outgoing Prime Minister is likely to remain in post until the new leader has been chosen by the party. After resigning, the outgoing Prime Minister remains a Member of Parliament. An outgoing Prime Minister can ask the monarch to bestow honours on any number of people of their choosing, known as the Prime Minister's Resignation Honours. No incumbent Prime Minister has ever lost their own seat at a general election.
Authority, Powers and Constraints
The Prime Minister is the head of HM's Government of Wellmoore. As such, the modern Prime Minister leads the Cabinet. In addition, the Prime Minister leads a major political party and generally commands a majority in the House of Ministers (the lower chamber of the Wellmoorean Parliament). In the House of Ministers, the Prime Minister guides the law-making process with the goal of enacting the legislative agenda of their political party. In an executive capacity, the Prime Minister appoints (and may dismiss) all other Cabinet Members and Ministers. The Prime Minister also acts as the public "face" and "voice" of His Majesty's Government , both at home and abroad.
Precedence, Privileges and Forms of Address
By tradition, before a new Prime Minister can occupy the post, they are required to announce to the country and the world that they have "kissed hands" with the reigning monarch, and have thus become Prime Minister. This is usually done by saying words to the effect of:
'His Majesty the King [Her Majesty the Queen] has asked me to form a government with my party and I have accepted'.
All Prime Ministers are given the Prefix of The Right Honourable (The Rt. Hon.) as the Prime Minister becomes a member of the Privy Council of Wellmoore upon election.