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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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Overview

Here on sufferance

Even in the 20th century there was often tension between journalists and Parliament.

Parliament online

Parliament joins the internet age with its own website

Lobby journalism

By the 20th century traditional newspaper coverage of debates in Parliament was giving way to lobby journalism.

Hansard of the air

Broadcasting Parliament was discussed in the 1920s but took half a century to become a reality.

The Commons goes live

In 1989 the Commons joined the Lords in allowing television cameras to film its proceedings.

Breach of privilege

Parliament was initially reluctant for its debates to be made public.

Obscure scribblers

Formal recognition of the presence of newspaper reporters in Parliament was slow.

Televising Parliament

The House of Lords led the way by televising its proceedings from 1985.

Official report

Parliament takes control of recording its own proceedings.