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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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Living and Learning

How Parliament worked with social reformers to improve our health, working conditions and education over the last two centuries


Parliament has been a central force in building and shaping the nation's system of state education, going back to the 1830s with the very first state grants to what were then privately run schools


In the 19th century, Parliament made reforms to improve the lives of men, women and children in the poorer sections of society

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