Claire Bogue

Claire Bogue

I am a Senior Producer in Education and Engagement at UK Parliament.

Our work seeks to support understanding of and engagement with the work of the UK Parliament.

Location UK Parliament


  • Claire Bogue made a comment

    Thank you all for your participation over the last two weeks. I hope this short course has provided some insights into how the public can participate and influence parliament through petitions. Claire

  • @JennyPearson Glad you enjoyed the course Marta - hope to 'see' you on another course soon... or perhaps the green benches!

  • Starting Monday 12 Nov - Beyond the Ballot explores the campaign for votes for women.

  • @FrancisM It's a really interesting idea you raise about the individual benefiting morally from participating in a petition/campaign. Do you think the benefit remains irrespective of whether the petition is perceived successful?

  • @FrancisM Thank you for your continued contributions across the courses we've been running for the last month or two. As this is an open course exploring the general topic of petitioning, it is not really the appropriate forum to try to advise on a specific personal case. As we have pointed out on other courses, if you would like to contact the House of...

  • So the 1866 petition predates the 'suffragette' movement and we might describe this first mass petition as the start of an organised suffrage movement.
    The suffragettes - the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) with the motto 'Deeds not words' was founded later in 1903 by Emmeline Pankhurst and others. Frustrated by the lack of progress by the peaceful...

  • It has been interesting to read many of the discussions across the steps which reflect on social media alienating some groups of people. I was also reading an article just the other day about social media acting to reduce isolation for other groups (including adults with a disability), enabling people to stay connected in society and have a voice. I've been...

  • Of course I can't speak for Members, but I have never heard that any of them express that view! Many of the Committee members sit on a departmental committee as well, including some of the 'prestigious' ones, so it's not an either/or. Their work on the Petitions Committee - enables them to look at lots of varied issues (which is a different challenge from...

  • English Votes for English Laws is a little outside the scope of this course so here's some additional post course reading
    Hope you fine this useful.

  • @JudithKing Ah I see! So in this instance it's more to do with if the petitions committee uses its power as a select committee to launch an inquiry on a subject. For example the current 'Online abuse and the experience of disabled people' inquiry was as a result of the petition 'Make online abuse a specific criminal offence and create a register of offenders'...

  • @JennyPearson Here's the House of Commons main twitter channel and specifically the petitions committee

    You can also watch all of parliaments proceedings on Parliament TV

  • That's strange @JudithKing If you've signed an epetition on Parliaments website you should have received an email if the petition reached 10,000 signatures and received a government response, and if it reached 100,000 signatures and was debated.

  • @RichardGartside So on your point about 'mentors' - the committee staff are a small team, dealing with on average around 200 petitions per week - so they wouldn't have the resources to assign a mentor to every petitioner. However, they do help petitioners who contact them with questions in advance of submitting their petition. Additionally if a petition can be...

  • @CarolRowe That is a good question and one I don't know the answer to just now. I'll look into it for you.

  • @JennyPearson In response to your other question you may want to look to academia for research and comment on protesting.
    Here's one comment piece on the LSE Blog by way of example
    *Views are of the blog author etc.

  • @JennyPearson Is this your first Parliament course? We have two others currently available. An Introduction to the UK Parliament - is still open to join for another 2 weeks (then you have 5 weeks to complete from joining )
    And UK Parliament Explored; Select Committees - which will be open until the...

  • @JudithKing We will look at petitions that have effected change later in the course. I think you're right, perhaps a question to ponder is do all substantive changes need the law to be changed to be effective? Or is it a question of changing policy, which is a bit different or something else i.e. getting an issue on the political agenda?

  • Remember @SusanHoughton that if the petition reaches 100,000 signatures then it will be considered for debate

  • @SusanHoughton It can be quite hard to be sure within the NHS exactly where responsibility lies. Sometimes, decisions are taken by local NHS bodies, but the Government does have emergency powers to override them (though in practice wouldn't be very likely to use them in anything other than a really exceptional case).

  • @PamCooper Thanks for flagging this. My hunch is that if the page isn't getting viewed and the information is recorded elsewhere then the specific list has stopped being updated - but I will look into this for you.
    In this instance I would look at the 'news' section of the committee's pages...

  • The Petitions Committee is one of the newest select committees, which might be why it is less well known. Many of the others have been around since 1979 (or much earlier, in the case of the Public Accounts Committee) so we have some catching up to do!

  • We'll touch on this in Week 2 - but having completed Beyond the Ballot it will feel light by comparison!

  • @ALIBALLINGTON Thanks for your comment Ali. The specific example of the emoji on social media and body image may not have been right for a petition to Parliament, however social media and body image are issues being looked at in Parliament.
    In July 2017, the Youth Select Committee (members are aged 13-18 and include Members of the Youth Parliament, Youth...

  • Social media can help petitions to reach a wider audience, but it's by no means essential. You don't need a social media account to be able to start or sign petitions on - you just need an email account and you can share petitions by email too.

  • @JulieAlcock we use the wording 'considered for debate' here for the following reasons - a debate on the same subject may have recently taken place in the commons in which case the topic will have already been addressed at length, or a debate may be scheduled on the topic, in which case the petition will be tagged to the upcoming debate. So in all likelihood...

  • @RichardGartside We'll look at this later on - but remember that rejected petitions are often a repetition of an existing open petition so are rejected on the grounds that it would split support and action is more likely if efforts are focused on one petition. The other main reason that petitions are rejected is that they are asking to change something that is...

  • It's worth following the House of Commons on Facebook
    You'll find that question cards posted there to gather public opinion and experience ahead of debates or questions.

  • Thanks for sharing this Carol and your perspective on how the petition debate was conducted.
    On a personal note, I'm delighted to hear that taking part in the other courses has opened up some of the committee work to you.

  • Welcome everyone! I hope you enjoy the next two weeks. Claire

  • Welcome Marta!

  • Welcome Francis - good to see you on another course!

  • Welcome to the course Julie!

  • Welcome Susan! I hope you enjoy the course.

    You may also find out other two courses useful too.
    An Introduction to the UK Parliament; People, Processes and Public Participation.

    And also UK Parliament Explored: the Work and Role of Select...

  • Claire Bogue made a comment

    On behalf of the course team - thank you for all your comments and questions over the last two weeks. We hope that this course has provided some insights into a less well known aspect of the work of the UK Parliament. Hopefully 'see' some of you on the upcoming UK Parliament Explored: Petitions and Beyond the Ballot. All the best Claire

  • You'll be able to watch it here @RichardGartside

    Remember you can watch committee sessions on Parliament TV - live or retrospect

  • @CatherineH It's a pleasure! We learn so much from 'talking' to all of you on our FutureLearn courses. It helps us to think about the way we talk about processes, the language we use, the misconceptions or knowledge gaps. I always learn something new on each course too!

  • @AnaK Regarding the team
    I don’t think we could say there is a typical type of person/profile, committee teams come from all walks of life – some team members have worked in research, the charity sector or academia for example, others have worked in administrative roles, others have worked in different roles within Parliament and many committee teams include...

  • @AnaK Apologies I hadn't seen your queries earlier Ana. In response to your first question regarding specialist advisers.
    Where a knowledge gap is highlighted, committees can and do advertise advisory roles (in the same way as any other job), to draw on as wide a field of possible candidates as possible. And, as in the case for any job vacancy, select...

  • @KathyPenney Just to clarify wording here. Nicky Morgan wasn't 'chosen' - she stood as a candidate for the chair of the treasury committee (alongside five other candidates from the conservative party) and was 'elected' to her post. The chairs are elected by a ballot of all MPs in the commons. Hope that helps.

  • @MartinCook Yes all to come in the following steps when we look at members, how committees are formed and consider what impact looks like (Wk2).

  • Hmmm You may have just caught the session in between different witnesses. Here’s a link to the session

  • That’s great to hear Carol - thanks for all your contributions over the last few weeks.

  • @RichardGartside Also this library briefing paper provides an outline of public engagement activities in Parliament and discusses statistical information about numbers of participants and satisfaction with the activities.

  • @PamCooper - I watched it earlier, very interesting!
    You can watch the session here

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    You will have seen examples of our engagement team working with groups as diverse as child mental health services to fishermen and actively reaching out through partners. This is where we would look to measure – to assess how impactful people attending one of the sessions feel they are/can be as a result of their engagement with a committee.


  • Hi @RichardGartside Firstly I don’t think your question sounds confrontational at all – you raise a really interesting point. Naturally we want more members of the public to know more about select committees and engage with them more. This course is itself one of the ways we are trying to help raise public awareness. However, we wouldn’t have a measure for...

  • FYI The Kings Fund have just launched their first FutureLearn course

  • @DaveLamb @JohnHughes @KathyPenney @RichardGartside
    Flagging the Brexit Digest for you all. It's a weekly impartial, explainer about what is happening in Parliament to scrutinise...

  • You've prompted me to flag our Education department here in Parliament which offers schools trips, continued professional development for teachers and free school resources.

  • @PamCooper Yes - In December 2016.
    Here's an article from Civil Society Media from Dec 2016 when the clause was replaced with new grant standards

    Further example of select committee raising concerns in the spring of 2016 after the initial...

  • Sorry I didn’t see your question before. It was a while back now, but was a proposed clause to be inserted into grant contracts.

    Here’s a letter from Mary Creagh to the Minister at the time.

  • @DanielTaggart There is so much information on Parliament's website that it can be difficult to sift sometimes, but there was an inquiry on this which reported last year. The Work and Pensions Committees conducted an inquiry into self-employment and the gig economy in 2017. You can read about it here...

  • Hi @CecilySkeggs - the Introduction to Parliament Course is still open to join until the 11 Nov

  • @MaeveRace You might also be interested to know that the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee has launched a series of short inquiries under the umbrella theme of 'the role of Parliament in the UK constitution'....

  • @RichardGartside I've been digging around to find ways that you can be alerted. On the bottom right of the committee's page there is a box to subscribe to email alerts from the committee. Here's their main landing page

  • Most committees are there for a whole Parliament @AlexNeuman excepting the ad hoc committees in the Lords, so members can be working together over a long period of time.

  • @DanielTaggart Can you expand on this Daniel? Members of the public can and do submit evidence to select committees, and committees do hold meetings around the UK to gather informal evidence (more on this in later steps) but were you thinking of something different?

  • Thanks @PamCooper . We'd be really interested to hear from learners as we progress through the course - how you think we could be raising the profile of committees further?