British Government and Politics on the Internet


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School of Politics, International Relations and Philosophy

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UK + England & Wales... Scotland... Wales... Northern Ireland... Channel Islands... Isle of Man




UK-Wide and England/Wales Sites


Latest revision 29 September 2014



Monarchy/Royal Family


National Anthem


Constitution


The Prime Minister & Ministers

Previous Prime Ministers

Government Ministers

  • List of Government Ministers and Responsibilities December 2013
  • The Cabinet and its Committees

    Central Government

    Gov.UK

    main access point for departments and services


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    Transaction Explorer data on departmental transactions

    The Government Says - government press releases

    UK Legislation 1267 to Present from the National Archives

    e-Petitions

    Civil Service

  • Data.gov - range of government databases
  • COINS - Combined Online Information System - detailed database of public expenditure
  • Value Your Freedom project currently being archived

    Policy Hub (Archive to 5 Dec 2009)

    Government on the Web Project - understanding e-government and the impact of web-based technologies on government


    Central Departments

  • Cabinet Office
  • Attorney-General's Office
  • Department For Business, Innovation and Skills
  • Department for Communities & Local Government
  • Department of Constitutional Affairs - archive only
  • Department for Education
  • Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
  • Department for Culture, Media & Sport
  • Department of Energy and Climate Change
  • Department of Health
  • Department for International Development
  • Ministry of Justice moved to Gov.uk site
  • Department for Transport
  • Department for Work and Pensions
  • Foreign & Commonwealth Office
  • Home Office
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Ministry of Justice
  • Privy Council Office OR here
  • Freedom of Information Blog
  • WhatDoTheyKnow - Freedom of Information requests and responses (maintained?)
  • H.M. Treasury
  • Northern Ireland Office
  • Scotland Office
  • Wales Office

    UK Central Government Agencies and Public and Parapublic Bodies

  • Air Accidents Investigation Branch
  • Association of Chief Police Officers
  • Association of Police and Crime Commissioners - now in national archives
  • Audit Commission
  • Bank of England
  • Better Regulation Commission (archived)
  • British Academy
  • British Council
  • British-Irish Council
  • British Tourist Authority
  • Butler Review of Intelligence on Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • Care Quality Commission
  • Central Office of Information - closed
  • Charity Commission (England and Wales)
  • Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission
  • Child Support Agency
  • Children's Commissioner for England
  • Commission for Equality and Human Rights
  • Commission for Judicial Appointments
  • Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health - archived
  • Commission for Rural Communities
  • Committee on Standards in Public Life
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission
  • Companies House
  • Competition Commission - closed
  • Competition & Markets Authority
  • HM Courts & Tribunals Service
  • Criminal Cases Review Commission
  • Criminal Courts Review (2001)
  • Defence Science & Technical Laboratory
  • Electoral Commission
  • English Heritage
  • English Nat ional Park Authorities Association
  • Enjoy England - English Tourist Board
  • The Environment Agency
  • Equality & Human Rights Commission
  • Services Authority - archived
  • Food Standards Agency
  • Government Communications Headquarters
  • Government Communications Network
  • Government Communication Service
  • Health & Safety Executive
  • Homes & Communities Agency
  • Independent Housing Ombudsman
  • The Hutton Inquiry Report
  • Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority
  • Independent Police Complaints Commission
  • Institute for Government 'promoting more effective government'
  • Intelligence and Security Committee
  • Interception of Communications Commissioner
  • Investigatory Powers Tribunal
  • Iraq Enquiry (Chilcot)
  • Judicial Appointments Commission
  • Land Registry
  • Law Commission for England & Wales
  • Legal Aid or here
  • Legal Services Commission
  • Legislation.gov.uk Browse all UK legislation
  • Low Pay Commission
  • Major Projects Authority
  • Maritime & Coastguard Agency
  • Mental Health Review Tribunal
  • Meteorological Office
  • MI5 (Security Service)
  • MI6 (Secret Intelligence Service
  • Office of the Intelligence Commissioners OR here
  • Office of the Surveillance Commissioners
  • Intelligence Services Commissioners
  • National Archives
  • National Audit Office
  • National Counter-Terrorism Security Office
  • National Crime Agency
  • National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts
  • National Health Service
  • National Lottery
  • National Lottery Commission
  • National Parks England
  • National Statistics Online
  • National Youth Agency
  • Natural England
  • Office for Fair Access (Offa)
  • Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted)
  • Office for Budget Responsibility
  • Public Appointments Commissioners
  • Office of the Information Commissioner
  • Office of Communications(Ofcom)
  • Office of Fair Trading closed 2014 archived
  • Office of Gas and Electricity Marketting (Ofgem)
  • Office of Intellectual Property (formerly Patent Office)
  • Office of the Intelligence Commissioner
  • Office of the Rail Regulator (Ofrail)
  • Office of the Surveillance Commissioners
  • Office of Water Services (Ofwat)
  • Office of the Schools Adjudicator
  • Official Documents Online
  • Ordnance Survey
  • The Pensions Regulator
  • Police UK
  • Press Complaints Commission - to close
  • H.M. Prison Service
  • Prison and Probation Ombudsman
  • Public Audit Forum
  • Public Service: Information Portal for the Public Sector
  • Qualifications & Curriculum Development Agency
  • H.M. Revenue & Customs
  • RightsNet - welfare rights site
  • The Security Service
  • Skills Funding Agency
  • Special Immigration Appeals Tribunal
  • Tenant Services Authority - archived with some material to Homes & Communities Agency
  • Tribunals Review archived
  • United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority
  • UK Border Agency
  • UK Law and Government Sites from LawResearch Com
  • UK Space Agency
  • UK Official Publications Online
  • Young People's Learning Agency closed, archived


    United Kingdom Parliament

    House of Commons




    Political Parties

    The Electoral Commission: Register of Political Parties and Donations

  • Alliance for Green Socialism
  • Animal Welfare Party
  • British Freedom Party vacant
  • The British National Party
  • Campaign for a New Mass Workers' Party
  • Christian People's Alliance from Wikipedia
  • Church of the Militant Elvis Party
  • Commonwealth Party
  • Communist Party of Great Britain
  • Conservative Party
  • Countryside Party defunct Democracy Movement (anti-Euro)
  • English Democrats Party
  • Green Party of England & Wales
  • Imperial Party
  • Independent Network
  • Independent Working Class Association
  • Islamic Party of Britain
  • Labour Party
  • The Legalise Cannabis Alliance
  • Liberal Democrat Party
  • Libertarian Alliance
  • Mebyon Kernow
  • A World to Win - 'No to corporate power Yes to people power'
  • National Front
  • Natural Law Party
  • New Communist Party of Britain
  • New Millenium Bean Party (not maintained)
  • The New Party
  • Official Monster Raving Lunatic Party
  • Peace and Progress Party
  • The Pensioners' Party
  • Pirate Party
  • Populist Party
  • The Pro-Life Alliance
  • Respect - the Unity Coalition from Wikipedia
  • Revolutionary Communist Party Great Britain
  • Rock 'n' Roll Loony Party from Wikipedia
  • Socialist Equality Party
  • Socialist Party
  • Socialist Labour Party
  • Socialist Party of Great Britain
  • Socialist Workers' Party
  • Third Way 'Voice of the Radical Centre'
  • Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition
  • UK Independence Party
  • Veritas from Wikipedia
  • We Demand a Referendum Now Party
  • Party Funding




    Legal System

  • Judiciary, Courts and Tribunals of England & Wales
  • British and Irish Legal Information Institute - over 75,000 documents in 14 databases including decisions by House of Lords, Court of Appeal, High Court searchable
  • Supreme Court
  • Criminal Cases Review Commission
  • Criminal Courts Review 2001 -archived
  • Judicial Communications Office
  • Law Commission for England and Wales
  • Lawtel Current Awareness Service (subscription)
  • CourtServe - legal information, digest of news, links (subscription)
  • The Law Journal
  • Law Society Gazette
  • Crime Information
  • Centre for Crime and Justice Studies
  • HM Courts and Tribunals Service
  • Justice
  • Legal Defence and Monitoring Group (not maintained)
  • Association of Members of Independent Monitoring Boards
  • Public Interest Lawyers
  • Report of the Hillsborough Independent Panel 2012
  • Special Immigration Appeals Commission
  • Tribunals Review (2001) from the National Archives
  • UK Law Online from the University of Leeds
  • UK Statute Law
  • Foundation for Law, Justice and Society
  • National Association for Youth Justice
  • Sound off for Justice
  • Criminal Justice Alliance
  • Justice Alliance
  • Consumer Justice Alliance
  • Legal Blogs with UK or Irish Content
  • Free Legal Proformas from Formswift
  • Magistrate's Blog


    English Regions

  • Most of  the regional bodies established under Labour in 1997-2010 have subsequently been closed. Some relevant material can be found at the National Archives and some has been transferred to the appropriate central department. What can be found below is the remains
  • Government Offices in the English Regions from Wikipedia 
  • English Regions Equality and Human Rights Network
  • Local and Regional Government Research and Statistics - archived
  • Regions of England from Wikipedia
  • Regional Assemblies
  • Regional Development Agencies
  • New Labour, No Britain?
  • Do Regions Matter?
  • The Future of English regional government from Federal Union
  • R.I.P. Regional Assembly
  • Cornish Constitutional Convention
  • Centre for Public Policy for the Regions

    See also under referendums below


    Local Government

  • Association of British Counties
  • Association of Northeast Councils
  • Association of Police and Crime Commissioners
  • Audit Commission (Local Government) Performance Indicators Program to be abolished
  • Axe The [Council] Tax
  • Campaign for the Reform of Council Tax
  • Centre for Local & Regional Government Research
  • Centre for Local Economic Strategies
  • Councillor.info
  • Councillors Against Cuts
  • Councillors Commission
  • Council Tax Site
  • EDemocracy UK: UK Issues Forum
  • Greater London Authority
  • Electoral Reform in Local Government: Lessons from the Rest of Europe - Joseph Rowntree Foundation 2000
  • Info for Local Government
  • Institute of Revenues, Rating & Valuation
  • Is it Fair? Campaign to Reform the Council Tax
  • Is There a Future for Local Government? Commons paper
  • Local eGovernment from Wikipedia
  • Local Government Association
  • Local Government Chronicle
  • Local and Regional Government
  • Local Government Boundary Commission for England
  • LocalGov Group
  • Local Government Ombudsman
  • Local Government Websites from DirectGov or here
  • Association of London Councils
  • National Association of Local Councils
  • New Local Government Network - modernising local government
  • Oultwood English Local Government Index
  • Parish Councils in England from Wikipedia
  • Political Composition of Councils
  • Society of Local Authority Chief Executives
  • Special Interest Group of Municipal Authorities
  • The Standards Board for England - works with local authorities to promote and maintain standards of conduct
  • Strong and Prosperous Communities White Paper 2006 from Department for Communities and Local Government
  • Parish and Town Councils on the Web from Wikipedia
  • Villages Online
  • Towns Counties and Postcodes


    Elections and Referenda

    Electoral System and Election Arrangements

    Parliamentary Elections

    Local Elections

    Police & Crime Commissioners Elections 2012

    Other

    Tactical Voting/Ballot Spoiling

    Betting

  • Political Betting
  • Skybet
  • UK General Election Odds UK Elect Election Forecasting and Politics Program


    Think Tanks and Policy Institutes


    Political Groups and Causes

    This section lists groups known to have an involvement in issues of public policy, grouped into broad subject areas:
    Animals and Rural Issues.. Asylum, Immigration, Race and Refugees..
    Britain and Europe.. Business and Industry
    Defence and International.. Environmental
    Ideology and Activism.. Political System
    Rights and Liberties.. Social Issues.. Trade Unions

    Animal Rights and Rural Issues



    Asylum, Immigration, Refugees and Race Relations

    Britain and Europe

    Business and Industry

    Defence and International Issues

    Environment

    Ideology and Activism

    Political System

    Rights and Liberties

    Social Issues

    Trade Unions and Professional Associations




    Media

    Media in General, Directories and Lists

    Film

    Photo Libraries

    Newspapers and magazines

    Radio and Television


    Polls and Surveys

  • British Election Study datasets
  • British Polling Council
  • Communicate Research
  • Election Forecast from UKElect
  • Electoral Calculus General Election Prediction
  • ESRC Data Archive - about 5000 social and political datasets including Mori polls, British Cohort Survey, British Social Attitudes etc
  • Gallup Poll
  • ICM Polls
  • IPSOS-MORI
  • The National Centre for Social Research
  • National Digital Archive of Datasets
  • Opinion Leader Research 
  • Populus
  • UK Polling Report
  • YouGov

    Political Weblogs and Discussion Sites

    Lists of blogs

    Individual blogs

    This does not attempt to be a definitive list but concentrates on blogs with a substantial engagement with politics.


    Other UK sites of political interest




    Indices, Directories and Reference




    Channel Islands


    Isle of Man



    Compiled/Copyright 1995-2014 Martin Harrison. Please send corrections or suggested additions to M.Harrison@keele.ac.uk Links verified September 2014