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No. 10 and all that

Links to information about the British political system, the major parties, election results and British political history.

Parliament and the Prime Minister

Simple Introduction to the UK Political System

A guide written by Woodlands Junior School.

Explore Parliament

A guide written for British teenagers,  in clear and simple English.

Introduction to the Houses of Parliament

Guided tour

How laws are made

Palace of Westminster - colourful pdf file (Please note: this is very large - 3MB and 24 pages).  You need Adobe Reader.

10 Downing Street

The official website for the most famous address in Britain - the Prime Minister's official residence.

Gordon Brown's biography

Video - A day in the life of the PM (Tony Blair) You need RealPlayer. A transcript is available.

Video - A working building You need RealPlayer. A transcript is available.

Look inside 10 Downing Street

More audio and video

UK System of Government - More Information

About the lack of a written constitution, the Magna Carta, the roles of the House of Commons and House of Lords, the National Assemblies of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and the origins of the main political parties.

State Opening of Parliament

The ceremony in which The Queen formally opens a new session of parliament.

 

 

Political Parties and the General Election

 

The three major political parties in the UK are Labour, Conservative, and the Liberal Democrats. The party who wins the most seats at the general election (every 4-5 years) forms the government.

Guide to the General Election

Ego4u.com's guide to the UK election system.

More about the general election

Visit Party Homepages

Labour Party

Conservative Party

Liberal Democrats

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2005 General Election results

See how Tony Blair's Labour party won the last general election.

Table of results

2005 Election map - You need Flash.

 

 

History

British Prime Ministers since 1800

Click to read a biography, or the story of the election.

Margaret Thatcher

Prime Minister from 1979-1990. In this article, politicians talk about her achievements as Prime Minister. This has sound (British English)

John Major

Prime Minister from 1990-1997. In this interview, he compares politics to cricket. This has sound (British English)

 

 

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