Governing the UK: The Composition of the House of Commons

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The Composition of the House of Commons

Background to the House of Commons:

  • one of the two chambers in our Bicameral System, often referred to as the 'Lower House'
  • it is part of the Legislature, and thus its primary function is to pass laws
  • the Government (majority party or parties), and the opposition, the other

Members of Parliament (MPs):

  • MPs are elected representatives; they each represent the constituency that elected them to their position
  • there are 650 of them, and they must be at least 21 years of age, and either a British or Irish citizen
  • their role


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