Parliament Explained podcast
In this award-winning series, presenter Meera Syal guides you through the inner workings of the UK Parliament – what Parliament is, how Parliament scrutinises the work of the Government, and how you can get involved.
During this politically impartial series, Meera is joined by staff from the House of Lords and the House of Commons, including Regional Outreach Officers, Clerks, Committee Specialists and Doorkeepers, who talk about their roles and areas of expertise.
Guests also include:
- Helen Jones, Chair of the House of Commons Petitions Select Committee
- Baroness Corston, Chair of the House of Lords Social Mobility Select Committee
- Maria Lester, whose petition calling for increased funding for brain tumour research led to a high profile debate in Parliament, resulting in government action.
Parliament Explained series
The series comprises the following six episodes:
Episode 1 – Parliament or Government?
Discover the difference between Parliament and the Government, how the Government is formed, and the roles of the Shadow Cabinet, backbenchers, crossbenchers and the Whips.
Episode 2 – What happens in Parliament?
Meet the doorkeepers of the House of Lords and the House of Commons to find out what a typical day in Parliament involves.
Episode 3 – Scrutiny: Questions and Debates
Hear how Parliament uses questions and debates to check and challenge the work of the Government.
Episode 4 – Scrutiny: Select Committees
Discover another vital tool of Parliamentary scrutiny - 'select committees' of MPs and Lords who check and challenge the work and spending of the Government.
Episode 5 – Making and Changing Laws
Learn how draft laws are debated and improved as they make their way through the House of Commons and the House of Lords before they can become the law of the land.
Episode 6 – Get Involved
Hear how you can get involved in your UK Parliament. From contacting your MP or a member of the Lords to sharing your views with a select committee, and of course by voting, you can have your say in how the country is run.
Parliament Explained has been recognised by the podcast industry, winning a Bronze British Podcast Award in the Best Branded Content category.
Download the podcasts
You can download the Parliament Explained podcast series on SoundCloud and iTunes