Frazer, Lucy

Lucy Frazer, Conservative MP for South East Cambridgeshire

Haigh, Louise

Louise Haigh, Labour MP for Sheffield, Heeley

Lucy Powell

Lucy Powell, Labour MP for Manchester Central

Liz McInnes

Liz McInnes, Labour MP for Heywood & Middleton

Saville Roberts, Liz

Liz Saville Roberts, Plaid Cymru MP for Dwyfor Meirionnydd

Hall, Luke

Luke Hall, Conservative MP for Thornbury & Yate

Allan, Lucy

Lucy Allan, Conservative MP for Telford

Cameron, Lisa

Lisa Cameron, SNP MP for East Kilbride, Strathaven, Stonehouse & Lesmahagow

London airports expansion

London airports have seen continued passenger growth since the end of 2008 and London's three largest airports (Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted) are all expected to be at capacity by 2030. This predicted growth in demand has prompted a national debate on how best to provide more capacity in the future for London and the South East.

Local government structure

Local government in England operates under either a one tier system - unitary authorities, or a two tier system - county and district councils.

Landfill Tax

Landfill Tax is an environmental tax paid on top of normal landfill rates by any company, local authority or other organisation that wishes to dispose of waste in landfill.

Language, Address and Seating Arrangements (Lords)

An official report of proceedings – known as Hansard – is published on the morning following the end of proceedings. All speeches begin with the words, 'My Lords'. Language must be deemed 'Parliamentary' by the chair and peers are not supposed to refer to the Commons by name, using instead 'another place' or 'the other...

Law Lords

The law lords are chosen by the Lord Chancellor to form the highest court in the United Kingdom, which is the Appellate Committee of the House of Lords. They are nominally members of the House but they do not operate as such. When they retire they become life peers. At the time of writing, the...


Labour came out of the 2005 election with a mixture of accomplishment and disappointment. The party had secured a third term in government for the first time in its history, but gained no new seats. Its majority was radically reduced to 66. Soon afterwards, and despite promises he would serve a full term, Tony Blair...

Life Peers

Life peers are elevated to the peerage by the monarch in accordance with the advice of the Prime Minister. Opposition party leaders can also nominate, via the Prime Minister. Life peers tend to be the 'great and the good' of the day and are characterised by their expertise and experience in their field, which may...

Liberal Democrats

Few parties have gone through such a dramatic journey in recent years as the Lib Dems. The party emerged from the 2005 poll with their highest share of the vote since the SDP-Liberal Alliance, receiving 62 seats primarily because of their principled opposition to the Iraq war. The number of seats did not reflect the...

Language, Address and Seating Arrangements (Commons)

An official report of proceedings – known as Hansard – is published on the morning following the end of proceedings. MPs must deliver their speeches in English, although by historical anomaly they may still use Norman French. Language must be deemed 'Parliamentary' by the chair. MPs must not refer to each other by name in...

Law Officers

Government Law Officers are Parliamentarians with a legal background appointed by the Prime Minister to give legal advice to Ministers. By convention, their advice, or the fact of their having given or not given advice, is not revealed except in extreme circumstances. The Attorney General is the Cabinet's top legal adviser. The holder of the...

Legislation (Wales)

Statutory instruments arrive on the floor of the Assembly from the Legislation Committee for final approval, which takes the form of two votes and may be preceded by a debate on the motion to approve or on amendments seeking to deny approval. The first vote is on the general principles of the instrument (akin to...