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

  • cont'd
    Now if we think about Baroness Faulkners quote in the context of her role as the Chair of the EU Financial Affairs Sub Committee and as a member of the EU committee – it’s possible that she was reflecting on fact the all the scrutiny and reporting information conducted by these committees around Brexit is in the public domain. This information is...

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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?

  • You're absolutely right Alex and having a select committee attached to the petitions system has seen inquiries initiated as a result of petitions submitted by members of the public. Current inquiries include the Meningitis B Vaccine and Online abuse and the experience of disabled people.
    We have another short course following this one which looks at the...

  • I find them really interesting and accessible too!

  • As this step looks in a little detail at the Environmental Audit Committee - I thought I would flag one of their current inquiries (just launched) which you may have heard in the news headlines over the last couple of days.

    Sustainability of the Fashion Industry
    Inquiry page...

  • I don't think there is a definitive answer to that question I'm afraid. As far as I can see from background reading - the outbreak of WWII stopped committee activity and then it could be as simple as the practice wasn't picked up again. Then after the Life Peerages Act, the changing membership of the House provided opportunity to utilise the experience and...

  • We'll look at membership in Step 1.7

  • Thanks for your comment Patricia - we're going to explore impact in week 2. I would say however that thinking about impact purely as the number of recommendations a government does or doesn't implement is only one measure of impact. It doesn't take into account a number of factors including whether the government is already receptive to the ideas or whether...

  • Welcome everyone! Myself and the team here at UK Parliament look forward to working alongside you over the next two weeks.

  • Parliament TV also broadcasts committee proceedings as well as business from both the House of Commons and the House of Lords Chambers.

  • Yes it is - here's the current rota until 15 Nov 18

    You can find out more information about oral questions here including a link to the questions rota which updates regularly.

  • Dear all, on behalf of the course team a huge thank you for your participation over the last three weeks. We've really enjoyed reading all your comments - apologies if we've missed any questions, there has been a lot to read! The Glossary on the Parliament Website is a good place to start any searches and...

  • @LucyRobson Brilliant! Good luck with your studies Lucy.

  • Although the Queen reads the Speech, it is written by the government. It contains an outline of its policies and proposed legislation for the new parliamentary session.

  • First-past-the-post is the voting system used to elect MPs to the House of Commons You can read about different voting systemshere

    Page 8 of this report shows the number of votes per party and the number of seats this equates to under the first past the post...

  • @LeeScott LOL!

  • Use the flag symbol under the comment.

  • @FrancisM You can find out more information following this link

  • @JosephBrooks You may find reviewing step 1.11 useful which shows the number of seats held by different parties in the House of Commons.

  • Flagging Jean's response below which I think answers your question.

  • It's a question I get asked a lot on these courses and the simple answer is when we think about the impact of select committees - it gets more complicated than ticking off how many recommendations have been implemented. Lots of different factors come into play - the impact may come some time after a report lands, the very fact that a select committee exists...

  • @SarahI I had the privilege of contributing to the course Beyond the Ballot: Women’s Rights and Suffrage from 1866 to Today
    And yes the historic Hansard transcripts are a treasure trove - the debates around votes for women are fascinating, even if some of the opinions from that time are hard to believe now!

  • You can watch the full session by clicking on the hyperlinked date - 18 July 2018 in the first sentence. Apologies for cutting it too short for you - it's a tricky call deciding where to cut the clip.

  • The House of Commons Facebook page is worth following as questions will be posted there to gather public opinion/experiences etc to inform debate and questions.

  • This video is Stages of a Bill through the House of Commons. A bill can start in either houses but it must complete all stages in both Houses, Step 3.5 will provide more clarity I think.

  • We explain this in more detail in Step 3.5

  • @JohnHughes I rarely comment on this activity but I read all the questions and always find the range of issues and topics covered so interesting.

  • @SueP Thanks! Glad the course has given you some insights and links to follow up. Moving forward you may find our Brexit Hub pages useful reference - they contain research and analysis from Parliament's libraries and committees on issues related to leaving the European Union
    Hope to see...

  • Claire Bogue made a comment

    Dear all - we've been really interested in your comments and feedback throughout the course. One area in particular - Select Committees - has caught our attention. We have set up an optional 2 min survey to better understand your knowledge, understanding and perceptions of select committees before and after this course. The anonymous results will feed into a...

  • Dear all - we've been really interested in your comments and feedback throughout the course. One area in particular - Select Committees - has caught our attention. We have set up an optional 2 min survey to better understand your knowledge, understanding and perceptions of select committees before and after this course. The anonymous results will feed into a...

  • UK Parliament Explored: Petitions - a short 2 week course exploring contemporary and historical petitioning. Start 29 Oct - Hopefully see some of you there!

  • @StephenMorgan it has been drafted, I think you just clicked ahead to the Hansard links. You can see the PDF here
    If you look back to Step 3.5 and the explanation of what happens at first reading you'll see that this stage is formal introduction of a Bill to the House of Commons or the...

  • @TerryPink The procedure is different in both Houses and we cover this in more depth in the select committee course.
    By convention committees in the House of Lords are typically balanced in their membership. This reflects the fact that no one party holds a majority in the House of Lords. For example a committee of 13 would usually be made up of four...

  • @EmilyNicholson This is a really interesting question and I have to admit that I needed to look up 'diabulimia', as it's not a term I'd come across.
    We have regular youth events and in 2017 the Youth Select Committee (members are aged 13-18) ran an inquiry entitled ‘A Body Confident Future’. The link below has details of the inquiry and the official response...

  • Here's information about how to attend debates and committees

    I'm afraid I can't find a definitive answer as to why serjeant is spelt the way it is - I expect it's a legacy of the original title as the office of Serjeant at Arms dates back to 1415 and the reign of Henry...

  • That’s strange Stanley - you should be able to comment on every step, there are no restrictions on the number of comments. Perhaps if you see a little + sign next to comments, click on it to expand it. Hope that helps.

  • @SusanaFernándezSantamaría A crossbencher is a member of the House of Lords who is not party political. They take this name because they sit on the benches that cross the chamber.

  • @JennyS So in answer to your question we have to drill a little deeper as there are three main types of written questions; 'Ordinary' questions, 'Named Day' questions and Oral questions not answered during Question Time. Ordinary questions don't have a specific day they need to be responded to (I'm going to check if there is a limit to how many of these can be...

  • @M.A.H. it’s nothing to worry about. Once a thread starts the mute button appears - it’s just a way to keep things tidy. Prior to this function a thread potentially between just two learners could dominate a whole page of comments. Hope that helps.

  • @AlexPilch - I suppose the point to remember is that a submission does need to address the question being asked i.e. you have experience or research of a particular subject. So alongside academics, charities, community groups, businesses etc individuals do submit short pieces of written evidence around their experience.
    Here's an example from the Education...