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Parliament Week 2012

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Read inspiring articles and learn more about the people who have contributed to our democracy in the past and those who continue to do so today. There is something of interest for everyone, from the struggles of the Suffragettes to the modern day campaigns of the UK Youth Parliament.

Eighteen year-old Josh from Ready tells us what it means to him to be a Member of the Youth Parliament
John Goldsmith, Curator of the Cromwell Museum, looks at the role Oliver Cromwell played in shaping democracy in the United Kingdom.
Jason Peacey, from University College London, talks about how widely information about what was said and done in the House of Commons was distributed throughout the country during the time of the Civil War, in the middle of the seventeenth century.
The right to vote in democratic elections is a privilege we enjoy in the UK, but it wasn’t always the case. This film explores how Birmingham was involved in the campaign for electoral reform.

From other sites: About Parliament

What does Parliament do?

Parliament examines what the Government is doing, makes new laws, holds the power to set taxes and debates the issues of the day.

The House of Commons and House of Lords each play an important role in the work of Parliament.

Find out more on the Parliament website

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