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Create or sign a petition

Any British citizen or UK resident can start or sign an e-petition to press for action from the Government or from the House of Commons. In this video we discover …

Case study: My life as a Yemeni in the UK

As part of the Yemeni community living in South Shields, Leyla Al-Sayadi explains the history behind her ancestors’ move to Britain and how equality legislation has allowed her to freely …

How do House of Commons select committees work?

There is a House of Commons select committee for each government department. They are tasked with examining three aspects: spending, policies and administration. Formed entirely of backbenchers, select committees are …

Debating in Parliament

Debates are used in both Houses to scrutinise the work of the Government. They enable MPs and Lords to obtain more detailed reponses from the Government and allow opinions to …

Scrutinising Government

The vast majority of Members of Parliament are not ministers and the responsibility of Members of Parliament apart from handling casework for their constituents is to come to the Chamber …

A day in the life of the Lord Speaker

The Lord Speaker oversees proceedings in the Lords Chamber and plays a key role in the administration of the House of Lords. Lord Fowler is the current Lord Speaker. He …

A day in the House of Commons Chamber

Find out what happens in the House of Commons Chamber from those who work there every day. Please note that the purpose of this video is to illustrate the timetable …

A guide to the House of Commons Chamber

What happens in the Commons Chamber today has evolved from a long history of customs and traditions. In this video, the former Serjeant at Arms, Lawrence Ward, guides you through …

How Parliament works in nearly 60 seconds

What does Parliament do all day and what exactly is the difference between Parliament and the Government? This video is a fun and speedy introduction to how Parliament works.