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Democracy in the United Kingdom - A Primer

Information and resources on the UK electoral system

About this Guide

This guide is intended for use as a primer for information on the democratic landscape of the local, national and european government of the United Kingdom. 

If you require more detailed information please consult our guide to Government and Society.

"What happens in the UK Houses of Parliament?"

The BBC commissioned two fly-on-the-wall series to take a behind the scenes look at both the House of Commons and the House of Lords.. You can watch them on our Box of Broadcasts playlist 

"What is democracy?"

Although this video was produced by the Civics Academy to explain how democracy works in South Africa, it gives clear guidance on how democracy works anywhere.

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"In The News"

Thursday 31st October 2019

  • At 16:27 the Early Parliamentary General Election Act received Royal Assent. This means that the UK will hold a General Election on Thursday 12th December 2019. See our UK General Elections section for more information.

Tuesday 4th June 2019

If you are interested in finding information on how the UK governs itself, check out some of the resources recommended on our Government and Society guide.

 
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