Read transcripts of debates in both Houses
Produced by Commons Library, Lords Library and Parliamentary Office Science and Technology
Search for Members by name, postcode, constituency and party
Learn about their experience, knowledge and interests
Celebrating people who have made Parliament a positive, inclusive working environment
Four staff networks for people to discuss and consider issues.
Contact your MP or a Member of the House of Lords about an issue that matters to you
Sign up for the Your Parliament newsletter to find out how you can get involved
Take a tour of Parliament and enjoy a delicious afternoon tea by the River Thames
See some of the sights you’ll encounter on a tour of Parliament
Book a school visit, classroom workshop or teacher-training session
Access videos, worksheets, lesson plans and games
During the 1970s support grew within the Labour Party for total abolition of the Lords. In 1978 it was adopted as official Party policy.
Senior Conservatives felt differently, believing that its powers should be extended as part of wide-ranging constitutional change designed to check the advancing power of the executive.
However, the Conservative governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major (1979-97) left the issue untouched.
The photograph above is of a dinner in the House of Lords in about 1984 to mark the achievement of Margaret Thatcher as the first woman Prime Minister. Lady Thatcher is pictured alongside Baroness Elliot of Harwood, one of the first four women peers created in 1958, who initiated the dinner.
Find out more about the Parliamentary Archives