Parliamentary Archives

In the era of Wikipedia it is easy to feel complacent about information. Any fact or statistic is just a lethargic Google away, but rather than utilising this hitherto unimaginable access to knowledge to better ourselves the mind can feel drowned by the sheer amount of information out there. The...

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WATCH: behind the scenes at the Houses of Parliament

Take an audio or guided tour inside the Houses of Parliament and experience a unique combination of 1,000 years of history, modern day politics and stunning art and architecture.     For more information, including how to book tours, please visit www.parliament.uk/visiting

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Category X: Former MPs granted full access to Parliament

Sir Malcolm Rifkind, former MP for Kensington, who announced his departure from the role in May after being cited in the ‘cash-for-access’ controversy, still has privileges allowing him free entry to Parliament. The parliamentary access is the result of something referred to as a ‘Category X’ pass and any former...

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Key points from Queen’s Speech 2015

Ahead of the Queen’s Speech on 27 May,  Prime Minister David Cameron said: “Behind this Queen’s Speech is a clear vision for what our country can be. A country of security and opportunity for everyone, at every stage of life. That is our ambition. To build a country where whoever you are...

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Insults and Peer Pressure

The brouhaha over Charlie Hebdo’s cartoons will have died down somewhat by the time you read this, and I believe most people will have come to the conclusion that if one person tramples over the sensibilities of another, the insultee will quite possibly end up hating the insulter, although that,...

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Doggett’s Coat and Badge

Doggett’s Coat and Badge

When Queen Mary was on the throne, London’s food and commodity supplies in and waste out were largely supplied by boat. The London river was its main artery. Throngs of sailing boats stood in the pool of London being unloaded and the river buzzed with traffic. Lawlessness was rife and...

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