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Dissolution of Parliament

The dissolution of Parliament took place on Thursday 30 May 2024. All business in the House of Commons and House of Lords has come to an end. There are currently no MPs and every seat in the Commons is vacant until after the general election on 4 July 2024.

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Changes in legislative authority

How the scope of Parliament's authority gradually widened and how it affected people across the globe


Parliament and Europe

Find out more about the history of the EEC and trace the key events that have changed the Common Market the UK joined in the 1970s into the European Union of 28 States that we know today

Parliament and Ireland

In 1264 the first parliaments were held in England and Ireland. This was the beginning of the long and complex development of a parliamentary tradition in both countries.

Parliament and Empire

Learn about the role of Parliament in the growth of the British Empire, from the American Revolution to decolonisation

Act of Union 1707

Here we look at the relationship between the two independent kingdoms of England and Scotland in the 16th and 17th centuries. We explore the critical period leading up to the passing of Acts of Union by both parliaments what happened afterwards

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Find out about the role of the House of Commons and current business in the chamber