Background of Parliament and The Two Houses


Background to Parliament 

  • First Parliament met in 1256
  • Kings royal council eventually evolved into house of lords, 800 members 
  • Commons has all the power in parliament 
  • First election was in 1832, under the great reform act
  • Commons was made the most powerfuly body in Parliament in the 20th and 19th century
  • All members of the government must also be an MP or a Lord 
  • The executive and Legisiture are fused in the UK
  • Government is always accountable to parliament 
  • Parliamentry Sovreignty, Parliament holds all power in the UK 
  • Some say its not that


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