British Government and Politics on the Internet

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Latest revision 27June 2019

Monarchy/Royal Family

National Anthem and Flag


Government Ministers

Central Government


main access point for departments and services


Performance of Government Services data on departmental transactions

The Government Says - government press releases

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

    Government on the Web - understanding e-government and the impact of web-based technologies on governmentfrom LSE and Oxford Internet Institute

    Central Departments

  • Cabinet Office
  • Attorney-General's Office
  • Department For Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
  • Department for Education
  • Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport
  • Department of Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Department of Health and Social Care
  • 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
  • Privy Council Office
  • Freedom of Information Blog (to 2013)
  • WhatDoTheyKnow - Freedom of Information requests and responses
  • H.M. Treasury
  • Northern Ireland Office
  • Scotland Office
  • Wales Office

    UK Central Government Agencies and Public and Parapublic Bodies

  • Air Accidents Investigation Branch
  • Airports Commission closed 2015
  • Association of Chief Police Officers to 2015 - see National Police Chief's Council
  • Association of Police and Crime Commissioners
  • Audit Commission to March 2015
  • Bank of England
  • Courts and Tribunals Judiciary
  • Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health
  • Commission for Rural Communities closed March 2013
  • Committee on Standards in Public Life
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission
  • Companies House
  • Competition Commission - closed 2014
  • Competition & Markets Authority
  • HM Courts & Tribunals Service
  • Criminal Cases Review Commission
  • Innocence Network UK no longer running
  • Criminal Courts Review (2001) Archived
  • Defence Science & Technical Laboratory
  • Education and Skills Funding Agency
  • Electoral Commission
  • English Heritage
  • National Parks England
  • English National Park Authorities Association
  • Enjoy England - English Tourist Board
  • The Environment Agency
  • Equality & Human Rights Commission
  • Financial Services Authority - archived January 2018
  • Financial Standards Authority
  • Financial Conduct Authority
  • Prudential Regulation Authority
  • Financial Ombudsman
  • Financial Reporting Council
  • Food Standards Agency
  • Gambling Commission
  • Government Communications Headquarters
  • Government Communication Services
  • Government Digital Service
  • Health & Safety Executive
  • Homes England
  • Independent Housing Ombudsman
  • The Hutton Inquiry Report
  • Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority
  • Independent Office for Police Conduct
  • Independent Press Standards Organisation
  • Information Commissioner's Office Institute for Government 'promoting more effective government'
  • Intelligence and Security Committee
  • Interception of Communications Commissioner
  • Investigatory Powers Commissioner's Office
  • Investigatory Powers Tribunal
  • Iraq Inquiry (Chilcot)
  • Judicial Appointments Commission
  • Land Registry
  • Law Commission for England & Wales
  • Legal Aid Agency or here
  • Legal Services Commission
  • Browse all UK legislation
  • Low Pay Commission
  • Major Projects Authority merged with Infrastructure UK in 2016 to form Infrastructure and Projects Authority
  • Maritime & Coastguard Agency
  • Mental Health Tribunal
  • Mental Health Review Tribunal
  • Meteorological Office
  • MI5 (Security Service)
  • MI6 (Secret Intelligence Service)
  • Office of the Surveillance Commissioners OR Office of the Intelligence Commissioner OR here
  • Intelligence Services Commissioners
  • UK Acts 1267 to Present; Statutory Instruments, Local Acts, Church Measures
  • 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 Parks England
  • National Statistics Online
  • National Teaching Agency and here
  • National Youth Agency
  • Natural England
  • Information Commissioner's Office
  • Office for Fair Access (Offa) - closed
  • Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted)
  • Office for Students
  • Office for Budget Responsibility
  • Public Appointments Commissioners
  • 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 Services Commissioner OR here
  • Office of Rail and Road
  • 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 closed 2014
  • H.M. Prison Service
  • Prison and Probation Ombudsman
  • Public Audit Forum
  • Public Sector Audit
  • Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency
  • H.M. Revenue & Customs
  • RightsNet - welfare rights site
  • The Security Service
  • Special Immigration Appeals Commission
  • Tenant Services Authority - archived with some material to Homes & Communities Agency
  • Tribunals Review archived
  • United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority
  • UK Border Agency Now Visas and Immigration
  • UK Space Agency
  • UK Official Publications Online
  • Young People's Learning Agency closed 2012, archived

    United Kingdom Parliament

    House of Commons

  • Register of Members' Interests
  • The Ministerial Code 2018
  • Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority
  • Conduct Unbecoming: Regulation of Legislative Ethics in Britain and the US
  • The Committee on Standards in Public Life
  • MPsExpenses from Daily Telegraph
  • Register of All-Party Groups
  • Parliamentary Counsel Office
  • They Work for You - data on individual MP performance
  • Write to Them - contacting MPs and MEPs
  • Commons Hansard
  • PublicWhip - MPs' voting records
  • - 'the definitive source for academic analysis of backbench revolts'
  • Commons Select Committee Reports
  • Bills Before Parliament
  • UK legislation 1267 to the present
  • Standing Orders
  • Houses of History - educational page for schools
  • Sessional Information Digest
  • House of Commons Library Briefing Papers
  • House of Commons Library Research Publications
  • Early Day Motions
  • Public Petitions and Early Day Motions
  • HM Government e-Petitions
  • The Governance of Britain: Petitions
  • Lib Dem MP websites
  • Report on the Consequences of Devolution on the House of Commons (McKay Commission 2013)

    Radio and Television Coverage

    Political Parties

    The Electoral Commission: Register of Political Parties and Donations

  • List of Political Parties in the United Kingdom from Wikipedia
  • Membership of UK Political Parties
  • Special Immigration Appeals Commission
  • Tribunals Review (2001) from the National Archives
  • UK Statute Law
  • Foundation for Law, Justice and Society
  • National Association for Youth Justice
  • Criminal Justice Alliance or A HREF= ""> here
  • Consumer Justice Alliance
  • Best Legal Blogs with UK or Irish Content
  • Magistrate's Blog 2005-2012
  • Magistrate's Blog
  • The Justice of the Peace Blog

    English Regions

  • Most 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 what remains 
  • Regional Development Agency from Wikipedia
  • Regional Minister from Wikipedia
  • Regions of England from Wikipedia
  • Regional Assembly England from Wikipedia
  • Regional Development Agencies
  • Local and Regional Government Research and Statistics - archived
  • Evaluation of the Role and Impact of Regional Assemblies 2007
  • New Labour, No Britain?
  • Do Regions Matter? (to 2009)
  • The Future of English regional government from Federal Union
  • Campaign for a Cornish Assembly
  • Poll on Devolved English Parliaments
  • Campaign for an English Parliament
  • Support for English Devolution from BBC
  • E-petition for an English Parliament (2011)
  • Centre for Public Policy for the Regions
  • The Cornish Republican
  • Local Action Cornwall
  • Kernow Anarchist Network

    See also under referendums below

    Combined Authorities
    • Combined Authority from Wikipedia

    • NorthEast Combined Authority
    • Greater Manchester Combined Authority
    • Association of Greater Manchester Authorities
    • Sheffield City Region
    • Yorkshire Devolution

      Local Government

    • Association of British Counties
    • Association of Northeast Councils to 2016
    • Association of Police and Crime Commissioners
    • Audit Commission (LocalGovernment) to March 2015
    • Campaign for the Reform of Council Tax
    • Centre for Local Economic Strategies
    • EDemocracy UK: UK Issues Forum
    • Greater London Assembly
    • Electoral Reform in Local Government: Lessons from the Rest of Europe -Joseph Rowntree Foundation 2000
    • Institute of Revenues, Rating & Valuation
    • Is it Fair? Campaign to Reform the Council Tax
    • Local eGovernment from Wikipedia
    • Local Government Association
    • Local Government Chronicle
    • Local Government Boundary Commission for England
    • Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman
    • Local Government Websites from DirectGov
    • Association of London Councils
    • National Association of LocalCouncils
    • 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 (Solace)
    • Special Interest Group of Municipal Authorities
    • The Standards Board for England (to 2012)
    • Strong and Prosperous Communities White Paper 2006 from Department for Communities and Local Government
    • Parish and Town Councils in England on the Web from Wikipedia Towns Counties and Postcodes

      Elections and Referenda

      Electoral System and Election Arrangements

      Parliamentary Elections

      2010 United Kingdom General Election 2010 from Wikipedia

      2015 United Kingdom General Election 2015 from Wikipedia

      2017 United Kingdom General Election 2017 from Wikipedia

      General Election Studies

      European Parliament Elections

      National Referendums

      AV Referendum 2011

      In/Out EU Referendum 2016

      Local Elections

      Police and Crime Commissioner Elections


    • Political Funding in the United Kingdom from Wikipedia
    • Donations and Loans to Political Parties from the Electoral Commission
    • Central Lobby wide range of information including polls
    • OBV: Operation Black Vote
    • Election Leaflets
    • Opinion Polls on English Parliament
    • Party Election Broadcasts
    • Who Targets Me - monitors Facebook political advertising

      Tactical Voting/Ballot Spoiling


    • Political Betting
    • Paddy Power
    • Betfair
    • Bet 365
    • Ladbrokes
    • Just Bookies
    • Best Betting

      Think Tanks and Policy Institutes

    • List of UK Policy Think Tanks from Wikipedia
    • Adam Smith Institute - right-wing think tank - here
    • British Future - identity, integration, migration, opportunity
    • Carnegie UK Trust
    • Centre for Cities
    • Centre for Economic and Business Research
    • Centre for Economic Performance (LSE)
    • Centre for European Reform
    • Centre for International Courts and Tribunals (UCL)
    • Centre for Pensions and Social Insurance (Birkbeck College)
    • Centre for Public Policy for Regions
    • Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations
    • Centre for Social Relations
    • Centre for Social Cohesion
    • Charter 88 (now with Unlock Democracy)
    • Chatham House (Royal Institute of International Affairs)
    • Civitas - Institute for the Study of Civil Society
    • Demos
    • Equality Trust
    • E3g - agents for sustainable development
    • Fabian Society
    • Federal Trust
    • Foreign Policy Centre
    • Foundation for Information Policy Research
    • Global Britain euro-sceptic
    • Health Foundation
    • Higher Education Policy Instiitute
    • Institute for Fiscal Studies
    • Institute for Government - improving government effectiveness
    • Institute for Public Policy North
    • Institute of Race Relations
    • Institute of Welsh Affairs
    • Institute for Citizenship
    • International Policy Network from Wikipedia
    • Involve - public participation in politics
    • Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust
    • King's Fund - health policy
    • Legatum Institute - issues related to global prosperity
    • Labour Research Department
    • Million+ - universities policy
    • New Economics Foundation - environmental emphasis
    • New Philanthropy Capital - rehabilitation of offenders Also here
    • New Policy Institute - progressive, independent, focus on services
    • Onward - Conservative think tank
    • Open Europe -working for a more dynamic and competitive EU
    • Overseas Development Institute
    • Picker Institute - patient-centered health care
    • Policy Exchange - centre-right promoting strong communities and personal freedom
    • Reform - focussed on public services and economic prospects
    • Regulatory Policy Institute
    • Resolution Foundation - improved outcomes for low earners
    • Res Publica - public services policy
    • Royal Institute of International Affairs
    • Runnymede Trust
    • Saferworld
    • Social Affairs Unit
    • Tavistock Institute
    • Transform (formerly Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust)
    • UK National Defence Association
    • Woolf Institute - relations between Jews, Christians and Muslims
    • Young Foundation - social innovation

      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


      Newspapers and magazines

      Radio and Television

      Polls and Surveys

    • British Election Study datasets
    • British Polling Council
    • Communicate Research(ComRes)
    • Election Forecast from UKElect
    • Electoral Calculus 2015 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
    • 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 1995-2018 Martin Harrison. Please send corrections or suggested additions to Links verified September 2018