Bank of England Independence

The Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) is a specialised economic advisory panel responsible for setting the short-term base interest rate.

Barclay, Stephen

Stephen Barclay, Conservative MP for North East Cambridgeshire

Bardell, Hannah

Hannah Bardell, SNP MP for Livingston

Barker, Paula

Paula Barker is‌ ‌the Labour‌ MP‌ ‌for‌ Liverpool Wavertree,‌ ‌having‌ ‌first‌ ‌been‌ ‌elected‌ ‌to‌ ‌Parliament‌ ‌in‌   2019. The Liverpool Wavertree constituency‌ ‌and‌ ‌covers the areas of Broad Green, Edge Hill and Wavertree within Liverpool‌. Paula was‌ ‌elected‌ ‌‌with‌ ‌a‌ ‌majority‌ ‌of‌ 27,085. Born‌ ‌on the 9th of May 1972‌, Paula was educated at Holly Lodge...

Baron, John

John Baron, Conservative MP for Basildon and Billericay

Baynes, Simon

Simon Baynes is‌ ‌the Conservative‌ ‌MP‌ ‌for‌ Clwyd South,‌ ‌having‌ ‌first‌ ‌been‌ ‌elected‌ ‌to‌ ‌Parliament‌ ‌in‌ 2019. The Clwyd South constituency‌ ‌is‌ ‌found‌ ‌within‌ ‌North Wales and‌ ‌covers Llangollen, Ruabon, Rhosllanerchrugog and the surrounding area‌. Simon ‌‌was‌ ‌elected‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌2019‌ ‌General‌ ‌Election‌ ‌with‌ ‌a‌ ‌majority‌ ‌of‌ 1,239 over‌ ‌the‌ ‌Labour Party.‌ ‌ Born‌ ‌on‌ the...

BBC Bias

Is the BBC biased? The BBC Charter sets out its four public purposes. The first of these is “to provide impartial news and information to help people understand and engage with the world around them.” In keeping with this, the corporation describes itself as “impartial and independent”. The Boadcasting Code of the regulator, OFCOM, requires...

BBC TV Licence Fee

What is the BBC TV Licence? The BBC television licence fee was introduced in 1946, at a time when the Corporation was the only TV broadcaster in the United Kingdom.  At the time a compulsory licence fee was considered a logical way for people to access the BBC’s services. Seventy five years later, and with...

Beckett, Margaret

Margaret Beckett, Labour MP for Derby South

Bedroom Tax

What is the bedroom tax? Under the Welfare Reform Act 2012, the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government introduced a series of changes to UK Housing Benefits. Implemented in April 2013, the new regulations meant that working-age tenants living in social housing risked seeing their housing benefit cut if they were classified as having an extra bedroom....


What is begging? Begging is the solicitation of money or food, especially in the street. There is a close relationship between begging and homelessness.  Homeless charity, Crisis, estimates that over 80 per cent of beggars are homeless. People who beg are among the most vulnerable in society, often trapped in poverty and deprivation, and it...

Begley, Órfhlaith

Órfhlaith Begley is the Sinn Fein MP for West Tyrone.  She was first elected having won a by election for the seat in May 2018, being re elected in 2019 with a majority of 7,478 over the Democratic Unionist Party.  Her constituency includes the towns of Strabane and Omagh. Born in 1991, Ms Begley studied...

Begum, Apsana

Apsana Begum is the Labour MP for Poplar and Limehouse, having first been elected to Parliament in 2019.The Poplar and Limehouse constituency is found in East London and covers Limehouse, Canary Wharf, the Isle of Dogs, and the surrounding area.  Apsana with a massive majority of 28,904 in 2019. Born on the 25th of May...

Bell, Aaron

Aaron Bell is the Conservative MP for Newcastle under Lyme representing this Staffordshire town and surrounding area.    He was first elected to Parliament in the 2019 General Election, winning the seat off the Labour Party, with a majority of 7,446. Born in 1980, Aaron worked for Ladbrokes and Bet365 before co-founding the financial technology...

Ben Howlett

Ben Howlett, Conservative MP for Bath

Benedict Gummer

Benedict Gummer, Conservative MP for Ipswich

Benn, Hilary

Hilary Benn, Labour MP for Leeds Central

Benton, Scott

Scott Benton is‌ ‌the Conservative ‌MP‌ ‌for Blackpool South‌,‌ ‌having‌ ‌first‌ ‌been‌ ‌elected‌ ‌to‌ ‌Parliament‌ ‌in‌ 2019. The Blackpool South constituency‌ ‌is‌ ‌found‌ ‌within‌ ‌the‌ ‌county‌ ‌of Lancashire‌ ‌and‌ ‌covers‌ the Southern Part of Blackpool and the surrounding area. Scott was‌ ‌elected‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌2019‌ ‌General‌ ‌Election‌ ‌with‌ ‌a‌ ‌majority‌ ‌of‌ 3,690 over‌ ‌the Labour‌ ‌Party, achieving...

Bercow, John

John Bercow, Conservative MP for Buckingham