Understanding Parliament events

Parliament’s Outreach team organises regular free Understanding Parliament events across the UK for anyone who wants to find out more about how Parliament works and how to get involved.

Understanding Parliament events cover a range of topics, from general introductions to in-depth sessions on Parliament’s work and how you can engage with MPs and Peers most effectively to inform and influence their work.

Whatever your levels of interest or experience, Understanding Parliament events aim to provide you with information and tools to help you directly engage with Parliament on the issues that matter to you.

Understanding Parliament: law-making in action

If you are involved in campaigning, have a particular issue you are passionate about, or a more general interest, come to an Understanding Parliament: law-making in action event to find out how bills are passed and how you can have your say.

These events provide:

  • Insights from Parliament’s experts on how new laws are proposed, scrutinised and passed – from the First Reading of a bill to its Royal Assent
  • A greater understanding of how MPs and Peers check and challenge legislation
  • Guidance on how you can get involved and directly engage with the law-making process 

Events usually last two hours and feature MPs, Peers and senior officials from the House of Commons and the House of Lords, with lots of opportunities for you to ask questions.

How to attend events

Contact Parliament’s Outreach Service to sign up for the Understanding Parliament mailing list to be kept up to date with information on events taking place in your region:

When a new event in your region is scheduled, we will email you and provide information on how to register.

Registration is usually via Eventbrite.

Recent Understanding Parliament events

The most recent Understanding Parliament: law-making in action event took place in London on Tuesday 9 June 2015.

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