Origins of Parliament

The development of Parliament over one thousand years, from the Anglo-Saxon Witan to the reign of Elizabeth I

Birth of the English Parliament

The modern British Parliament is one of the oldest continuous representative assemblies in the world

2015: Parliament in the Making

2015: Parliament in the Making logo

Join Parliament as we commemorate a series of major anniversaries in 2015: 750 years since De Montfort Parliament and 800 years since the sealing of Magna Carta.

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Read about Parliament's current role in examining what the Government is doing, making new laws, setting taxes and debating the issues of the day.