Seven ways to get involved in Parliament

November 1-7 marks UK Parliamentary Week, a week dedicated to engaging people from across the UK in their UK Parliament, and last year nearly a million people attended UK Parliamentary Week despite the difficult circumstances caused by Covid part.

On this occasion, we took a closer look at some of the ways in which you can get involved in Parliament and make your voice heard.

Start or sign an official petition

E-petitions are an easy way for you to lobby and have your voice heard in government and parliament. All petitions created here will receive a direct response from the government after 10,000 signatures and will be considered for debate in parliament when they reach 100,000.

Any UK resident can petition on the Parliament’s website, But before you do that, make sure it meets the requirements correct standards or it will be rejected.

Petitions are drawn up on a wide variety of subjects, and in 2021 Parliament held debates on petitions ranging from football governance and child poverty to hedgehog protection and water security.

Write to your MP or a member of the Lords

MEPs are elected to represent you in parliament – regardless of your age or whether you voted for them. The UK is divided into 650 areas known as constituencies, and each constituency is represented by an MP. You can contact your MP if you or anyone close to you is affected by any UK Parliament or Government decision.

You can find your MP and his contact details in this link.

The members of the Lords come from different professional backgrounds and bring their experiences to the work of the house. They bring expertise and independent experience to the table when discussing current issues and reviewing and changing draft laws before they come into force. You can find members interested in a specific topic online.

Search for members of the Lords of interest and find contact details below Members.parliament.uk.

Submitting evidence to a special committee investigation

Both houses have selected committees that carry out investigations on a number of subjects. There is a committee that reviews and questions the work of the individual government departments, as well as other committees that deal with material issues ranging from women and equality to petitions. There are also committees that analyze and question specific laws and topics such as HS2 (High Speed ​​2).

Committees select subjects to study and then produce reports with recommendations for improvement, scrutinizing and holding accountable the work of government and ministers. The results of these investigations are public and many require a government response.

MPs and members of the Lords want to hear from a wide variety of people who are knowledgeable about the subject under study. Perhaps you know the subject from your work. Maybe you researched it or studied it. Or you may understand something because you have had personal experiences with it, such as using health care services or receiving benefits. All of these different types of expertise are valuable for the inquiries.

For a list of committee inquiries currently seeking written evidence, see the Homepage of the committees.

Book a tour of Parliament with your MP

UK residents can Book a free guided tour of the UK Parliament by contacting their MP or a member of the House of Lords.

During this 75 minute tour, your guide will:

  • Explain the work of the UK Parliament and what it means today
  • outline how the workspaces you visit during the tour will be used
  • Show ways in which you can get involved and participate in the democratic process
  • Highlight some of the Palace of Westminster’s dramatic history

Attend a community or youth group workshop

Whatever issues are important to you or your political group, the UK Parliament offers free workshops and presentations to take action and be heard.

The UK Parliament’s outreach officers are spread across the country, working with schools, colleges, and youth and community groups.

Book an online or in-person session for your group and benefit from first-hand knowledge that will lead you to a thorough understanding of British democracy. They offer a range of workshops to choose from and each can be tailored to suit your group’s needs.

Watch Parliament at work

Visiting the public galleries may have been suspended until further notice due to Covid, but you can still see Parliament live when one of the houses is seated.

Parliamentlive.tv Broadcasts live and archival coverage of all UK Parliament public debates, including debates and committee meetings from both Houses. Whether it’s Prime Minister questions, ministerial statements or committee requests, Parliament Live is a great way to ensure that you can keep track of day-to-day operations in both Houses.

Follow Parliament on social media

You can keep up to date on parliamentary business, events and history by following the UK Parliament’s social media channels.

British Parliament, the House of Commons and the House of Lords all of them regularly tweet about the affairs of the chambers and other important information about the function and role of parliament. Make sure to follow to keep up to date!

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