British Government and Politics on the Internet

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School of Politics, International Relations and Philosophy

Keele University

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

UK-Wide and England/Wales Sites

Latest revision 7 April 2014

Monarchy/Royal Family

National Anthem


The Prime Minister & Ministers

Previous Prime Ministers

Government Ministers

  • List of Government Ministers and Responsibilities July 2010
  • The Cabinet and its Committees

    Central Government


    main access point for departments and services


    Transaction Explorer data on departmental transactions

    The Government Says - government press releases

    Policy Hub - 'the first port of call for all concerned with policy-making'

    UK Legislation 1267 to Present from the National Archives


    Civil Service

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

    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, Olympics, Media & Sport
  • Department of Energy and Climate Change
  • Department of Health
  • Department for International Development
  • Ministry of Justice
  • Department for Transport
  • Department for Work and Pensions
  • Foreign & Commonwealth Office
  • Home Office
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Ministry of Justice
  • 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 Authorities
  • Audit Commission - to be abolished
  • Bank of England
  • Better Regulation Commission(archive)
  • 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 - to be closed
  • Better Policymaking from the Centre for Management and Policy Studies
  • Charity Commission (England and Wales
  • Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission
  • Child Support Agency
  • Commission for Equality and Human Rights
  • Commission for Judicial Appointments
  • Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health- closing
  • Commission for Rural Communities
  • Committee on Standards in Public Life
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission
  • Companies House
  • Competition Commission
  • 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
  • Financial Services Authority - closed
  • Food Standards Agency
  • Global Positioning System
  • Government Communications Headquarters
  • Government Communication Network
  • Health & Safety Executive
  • Homes & Communities Agency
  • Independent Housing Ombudsman
  • The Hutton Inquiry Report
  • Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority Implementation Programme
  • Independent Police Complaints Commission
  • Intelligence and Security Committee
  • Interception of Communications Commissiomer
  • Investigatory Powers Tribunal
  • Iraq Enquiry (Chilcot)
  • Judicial Appointments Commission
  • Land Registry
  • Law Commission for England & Wales
  • Legal Services Commission
  • Browse all UK legislation
  • Local Government Improvement & Development
  • Low Pay Unit
  • Major Projects Authority
  • Maritime & Coastguard Agency
  • Mental Health Review Tribunal
  • Meteorological Office
  • MI5 (Security Service)
  • MI6 (Secret Intelligence Service
  • National Archives
  • National Audit Office - to be closed
  • 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 Statistics Online
  • National Youth Agency
  • Natural England
  • Office for Fair Access (Offa)
  • Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted)
  • Office for Budget Responsibility
  • Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments
  • Office of the Information Commissioner
  • Office of Communications (Ofcom)
  • Office of Fair Trading
  • Office of Gas and Electricity Marketting (Ofgem)
  • Office of Intellectual Property (formerly Patent Office)
  • Office of the Intelligence Commissioner
  • Office of Public Sector Information
  • Office of the Rail Regulator (Ofrail)
  • Office of the Surveillance Commissioners
  • Office of Water Services (Ofwat)
  • Office of Fair Trading
  • Office of the Schools Adjudicator
  • Official Documents Online
  • Ordnance Survey
  • The Pensions Regulator
  • Police Services of the 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
  • Tribunals Review (archive)
  • 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

    United Kingdom Parliament

    House of Commons

    Political Parties

    The Electoral Commission

  • Alliance for Green Socialism
  • Animals Count
  • British Freedom Party
  • The British National Party
  • Campaign for a New Mass Workers' Party
  • Christian Peoples' Alliance
  • Church of the Militant Elvis Party
  • Commonwealth Party
  • Communist Party of Great Britain
  • Conservative Party
  • The Countryside Party
  • 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
  • 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
  • Populist Party
  • The Pro-Life Alliance
  • Referendum Party Web Page transferred to Democracy Movement (anti-Euro)
  • Respect
  • 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
  • Constituency Party Addresses - major parties - from UKDirectory

    Party Funding

    Legal System

  • Judiciary 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
  • 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
  • Offenders Tag Association
  • Public Interest Lawyers
  • Report of the Hillsborough Independent Panel
  • 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

  • Government Office Network -abolished
  • The sites below are closing/have closed. Some relevant material can be found at the National Archives and some has been transferred to the appropriate central department.
  • Government Office for the East Midlands
  • Government Office for the East of England
  • Government Office for London
  • Government Office for the North-West
  • Government Office for the South East
  • Government Office for the South West
  • Government Office for the West Midlands
  • Government Office for Yorkshire and the Humber
  • England's Regional Development Agencies
  • English Regions Equality and Human Rights Network
  • Local and Regional Government Research and Statistics
  • Regional Administration from Intute
  • Regions of England from Wikipedia
  • Regional Assemblies (several sites now deleted)
  • Regional Development Agencies
  • The Regionalisation of Britain - hostile
  • 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 Authorities
  • 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
  • Councillors Against Cuts
  • Councillors Commission
  • Council Tax Site
  • EDemocracy UK: UK Issues Forum
  • Employers' Organization for Local Government OR Local Government Gateway
  • Greater London Assembly
  • Improvement & Development Agency
  • 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 Government Information Unit
  • Local Government Online Websites from UK250
  • Local and Regional Government
  • LocalGov Group
  • Local Government Websites from DirectGov: Alternatively here
  • (London) Mayor Watch
  • Association of London Government
  • National Association of Local Councils
  • New Local Government Network
  • Ombudsman Watch (critical of Local Government Ombudsman)
  • One Place - independent overview of local public servicesw covering Audit Commission, Inspectorate of Constabulary Prisons and Probation, Ofsted and Care Quality Commission
  • Oultwood English Local Government Index
  • Parish Councils in England from Wikipedia
  • Political Composition of Councils
  • Society of Local Authority Chief Executives
  • Society for IT Management in Local Government
  • 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
  • Tagish Local Government Directory from Tagish
  • UK Parish and Town Councils on the Web from Tagish
  • Local Government-Related Links From Tagish
  • UK Villages

    Elections and Referenda

    Electoral System and Election Arrangements

    Parliamentary Elections

    Local Elections

    Police & Crime Commissioners Elections 2012

    Electoral Administration

    Tactical Voting/Ballot Spoiling


  • Political Betting
  • Skybet
  • UK General Election Odds

    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


    Ideology and Activism

    Political System

    Rights and Liberties

    Social Issues

    Trade Unions and Professional Associations


    Media in General, Directories and Lists


    Fotosearch Stock Photographs and Footage

    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
  • The National Centre for Social Research
  • National Digital Archive of Datasets
  • Opinion Leader Research
  • Planning Alerts popularity ratings and forums
  • Populus
  • UK Polling Report
  • YouGov

    Political Weblogs and Discussion Sites

    Lists of blogs

  • BlogHerald - daily news and comment on the blogosphere
  • BlogPulse
  • Google Trends

    Individual blogs

    This does not attempt to be a definitive list but concentrates on blogs with a substantial continuing engagement with politics. Many, in turn, link to other blogs

    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 Links verified October 2011