Political Links — recommended websites

This page contains a selection of links to the best UK political resources available on the net, arranged by category.

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Politics & elections

About My Vote Electoral Commission site encouraging voter registration
Acts of Parliament Full text of all Acts since 1988 from the HMSO
A-Z of Parliament BBC dictionary of political terms
BBC Election '01 Excellent archive of the 2001 general election
BBC Election '05 2005 general election archive
BBC Election '10 2010 general election coverage from the BBC
BBC archive 1945–1997 Video and audio clips from the BBC election archive
British Political Speech Archive of party leaders speeches since 1895
Counting Women In Campaign to improve women's presence and voice in politics
British Election Study Research on voting in every general election since 1964
Democratic Audit Audits democracy & human rights in the UK
Downing Street Says Monitor, read & comment on Downing Street press briefings
Election Battles BBC sound and video archive of 1945 – 1997 elections
Election Leaflets Real-time election leaflet monitoring
Election resources on the Net Details websites covering elections around the world
Electoral Commission Register of UK political parties and donations received
Electoral Reform Society Campaigns for changes to the voting system
Engender Data on women’s representation in Scotland
Fawcett Society Campaigns for equality between women and men
Governments on the web A comprehensive guide to data on the world's governments
Guardian Politics Politics section of the UK newspaper
Hansard Official recording of the UK parliament
Hansard Corpus Searchable archive of Parliamentary debates since 1803
Hansard Society Non-partisan, political research and education charity
House of Commons Library Research papers, data and statistics in PDF format
How Parliament works Find out what happens at the UK Parliament
ICM Research Conduct monthly voting intention surveys
IDEA Voter Turnout around the world since 1945
IFES – Election Guide Information and results from elections around the world
Inter–Parliamentary Union Data on parliaments worldwide.
IPSA Parliamentary Standards Authority, database of MPs expenses
Loughborough University Communication Research Centre Media analysis of the 2015 general election
Northern Ireland Elections Comprehensive data on elections in N. Ireland
Ordnance Survey Detailed maps of UK constituencies
Operation Black Vote Focuses on the black democratic deficit in the UK
Parliament Education Service Teaching resources from the UK Parliament
Party Election Manifestos British Party Election Manifestos since 1945
Political and Social Trends 30+ years of data from pollster Ipsos MORI
Political Resources on the net Global links to parties, organizations, governments & media
Political Science Resources Comprehensive site by Richard Kimber
Political Studies Association Section devoted to UK elections. Very good links
Psephos Adam Carr’s global election archive
Public Whip Data mines the voting records of MPs in Parliament
Register of MP’s interests Details donations/employment/gifts received by MPs
Rulers Heads of state around the world since the 1700’s
Spartacus Educational History site with many good resources on British politics
Statewatch Monitoring the State and civil liberties in the EU
TheyWorkForYou Helps you keep tabs on your elected representatives
Trade Unions Directory listing trade union websites and resources
Tutor2u Digital learning resource with a good politics section
UK Official Documents White and Green papers from the Commons
UK Polling Report Regular comment and analysis of the opinion polls
United Kingdom Results Comprehensive results archive and excellent bibliography
Unlock Democracy Campaign for democracy, rights and freedoms
Vote for Policies Compares party policies, helping voters choose
What Can I Vote For? Information about the different elected bodies in the UK
Women in Leadership Worldwide guide to women in leadership since 2500BC
YouGov Online opinion polling on a wide range of current issues

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Inside Government

A–Z of Central Government Access government departments and public sector websites
A–Z of Local Councils Find your councils web site
DirectGov A gateway to government information and services for citizens
House of Commons Home page of the House of Commons
House of Lords Home page of the House of Lords
Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority Oversese and regulate MPs’ business costs and expenses
London Assembly The GLA’s homepage
National Assembly for Wales Welsh Assembly home page
Northern Ireland Assembly The Assembly home page
The Scottish Executive Home page of the Scottish Executive
The Scottish Parliament Scotland’s new parliament. Good electoral data
European Parliament UK Office News and data about the European Parliament Live webcasting of Parliament. Timetable of events
Select Committees Links to homepages of Government Select Committees
United Kingdom Parliament Site map of the Parliamentary intranet

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Political parties

UK Parliament

Labour Party Scottish National Party
Conservative Party Democratic Unionist Party
Liberal Democrats Sinn Fein
Co-operative Party SDLP
Plaid Cymru Green Party
Respect Party UK Independence Party

Scottish Parliament

Conservative Party Scottish Liberal Democrats
Green Party Scottish National Party
Scottish Labour Party Scottish Socialist Party

N.I. Assembly

Alliance Party SDLP
Democratic Unionist Party Sinn Fein
Progressive Unionist Party Ulster Unionist Party

Welsh Assembly

Conservative Party Liberal Democrats
Labour Party Plaid Cymru

Parties with no MPs

Communist Party of Britain Ulster Unionist Party
CPGB Scottish Socialist Party
The Liberal Party Socialist Alliance
Health Concern Socialist Labour Party
Mebyon Kernow Socialist Workers Party

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Humour & Games

My Little Tony Pony with Tony Blair’s head answers political questions.
Political Anagrams Does what it says on the tin.
Private Eye A small selection from the magazine edited by Ian Hislop
Splat the MP Lob eggs at the politicians, without risking arrest.
The Daily Mash Satirical news site
Throne Out A not so affectionate look at the British Monarchy
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