links1Should you wish to know more about Parliament and the way it is run follow this link: this will take you to the official site of the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

You will be able to check out information on all MP’s by following the link on the left hand side to “Directory of MP’s Peers and offices”.

Check out the GLOSSARY for all those words that only mean something in Parliament like “Hansard”, what they mean and how they can be of use to you.

You will find legislation and bills going back years, a history of the palace with all its traditions and why we still follow some of them today.

If you would like to know more about the workings of No 10 Downing Street then follow this link:, at this address you will be able to contact the Prime Minister, read his CV, find out what is actually done at Number 10.

links2For instance did you know that the house was first used domestically in 1605 by a Justice of the Peace, Sir Thomas Knyvet. He is the man who arrested Guy Fawkes. After his death No 10 passed on to his niece, Mrs Hampden, the aunt of Oliver Cromwell. To hear the rest of the story visit the site.

You can read the stories of all our Prime Ministers, read David Cameron’s speeches or just have a nosy at some of the rooms in No 10.

Government ministers and responsibilities

Should you wish to contact a Government Department use one of the links below:


Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury and Minister for the Civil Service

The Rt Hon David Cameron MP

Deputy Prime Minister, Lord President of the Council (with special responsibility for political and constitutional reform)

The Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP

First Secretary of State, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

The Rt Hon William Hague MP

Chancellor of the Exchequer

The Rt Hon George Osborne MP

Lord Chancellor, Secretary of State for Justice

The Rt Hon Chris Grayling  MP

Secretary of State for the Home Department

The Rt Hon Theresa May MP

Secretary of State for Defence

The Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP

Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

The Rt Hon Dr Vincent Cable MP

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

The Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP

Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

The Rt Hon Edward Davey MP

Secretary of State for Health

The Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP

Secretary of State for Education

The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP

Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

The Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP

Secretary of State for Transport

The Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP

Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP

Secretary of State for International Development

The Rt Hon Justine Greening MP

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

The Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP

Secretary of State for Scotland (providing ministerial support to the Deputy Prime Minister)

Rt Hon Michael Moore MP

Secretary of State for Wales

The Rt Hon David Jones MP

Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and Minister for Women and Equalities

The Rt Hon Maria Miller MP

Chief Secretary to the Treasury

The Rt Hon Danny Alexander MP

Leader of the House of Lords, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

The Rt Hon Lord Strathclyde

Ministers without Portfolio

The Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke QC MP

The Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP (and Co-Chairman of the Conservative Party)

Attending Cabinet meetings:

Minister for the Cabinet Office, Paymaster General

The Rt Hon Francis Maude MP

Minister of State – Cabinet Office and the Department for Education

The Rt Hon David Laws MP

Minister of State (Universities and Science) – Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

The Rt Hon David Willetts MP

Minister for Government Policy

The Rt Hon Oliver Letwin MP

Leader of the House of Commons, Lord Privy Seal

The Rt Hon Andrew Lansley MP

Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury and Chief Whip

The Rt Hon Sir George Young Bt MP

Senior Minister of State (Faith and Communities) Department for Communities and Local Government and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

The Rt Hon Baroness Warsi

Invited to attend Cabinet meetings when required:

Attorney General

The Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP