British Government and Politics on the Internet

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School of Politics, International Relations and Philosophy

Keele University

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UK-Wide and England/Wales Sites

Latest revision 5 December 2017

Monarchy/Royal Family

National Anthem and Flag


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
  • Value Your Freedom project (archived)

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

    Central Departments

  • Cabinet Office
  • Attorney-General's Office
  • Department For Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Department for Communities & 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
  • Department for International Development
  • Ministry of Justice moved to site
  • 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
  • Better Regulation Commission to 2008 Now Regulatory Delivery
  • 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 Support Agency
  • Children's Commissioner for England
  • Commission for Judicial Appointments
  • 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
  • Criminal Courts Review (2001) Archived
  • Defence Science & Technical Laboratory
  • Education and Skills Funding Agency
  • Electoral Commission
  • English Heritage
  • English National Park Authorities Association
  • Enjoy England - English Tourist Board
  • The Environment Agency
  • Equality & Human Rights Commission
  • Financial Services Authority - archived
  • Financial Standards Authority
  • Financial Conduct Authority
  • Prudential Regulation Authority
  • Financial Ombudsman
  • Food Standards Agency
  • Gambling Commission
  • Government Communications Headquarters
  • Government Communication Network
  • Health & Safety Executive
  • Homes & Communities Agency
  • Independent Housing Ombudsman
  • The Hutton Inquiry Report
  • Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority
  • Independent Police ComplaintsCommission
  • Independent Press Complaints Commission
  • Information Commissioner's Office
  • Institute for Government'promoting more effective government'
  • Intelligence and Security Committee
  • Interception of Communications Commissioner
  • 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
  • Maritime & Coastguard Agency
  • 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
  • Intelligence Services Commissioners from Wikipedia
  • Interception of Communications Commissioner's Office
  • 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 Youth Agency
  • Natural England
  • Information Commissioner's Office
  • Office for Fair Access (Offa)
  • Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted)
  • 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 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 closed 2014
  • H.M. Prison Service
  • Prison and Probation Ombudsman
  • Public Audit Forum
  • Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency
  • H.M. Revenue & Customs
  • RightsNet - welfare rights site
  • The Security Se rvice
  • 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 Law and Government Sites from LawResearch Com
  • UK Space Agency
  • UK Official Publications Online
  • Young People's Learning Agency closed 2012, archived

  • United Kingdom Parliament

    House of Commons

    Radio and Television Coverage

  • House of Lords
  • Acts of Parliament
  • Statutory Instruments
  • Parliamentary Office of Science & Technology
  • W4MP - 'the site for everyone working for an MP'

    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

    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
  • 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
  • Centre for Crime and Justice Studies
  • HM Courts and Tribunals Service
  • Justice
  • Legal Defence and MonitoringGroup (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
  • Criminal Justice Alliance
  • 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
  • Regional Minister from Wikipedia
  • Regions of England from Wikipedia
  • Regional Assembly England
  • 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
  • Cornish Constitutional Convention
  • Poll on Devolved English Parliaments
  • Campaign for an English Parliament
  • E-petition for an English Parliament
  • 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
    • West Midlands Combined Authority
    • 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 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
    • Special Interest Group of Municipal Authorities
    • The Standards Board for England (to 2012)
    • Standards Board for England from Wikipedia
    • Strong and Prosperous Communities White Paper 2006 from Department for Communities and Local Government
    • Parish and Town Councils on the Web from Wikipedia
    • Towns Counties and Postcodes

      Elections and Referenda

      Electoral System and Election Arrangements

      Parliamentary Elections

      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 Justice
    • 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
    • Next Century Foundation from Wikipedia
    • 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
    • over 1000 policy papers and policy-related links, particularly to social and economic issues
    • 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
    • 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

    • Open Europe
    • Remain in Spain Expat Campaigners in Spain
    • Stronger In
    • TEAM Alliance of EU-Critical Movements
    • Universities for Europe
    • Veterans for Britain Brexit and UK universities

      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


      Photo Libraries

      Newspapers and magazines

      Radio and Television/h

      Polls and Surveys

    • British Election Study datasets
    • British Polling Council
    • Communicate Research
    • 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
    • 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 1995-2016 Martin Harrison. Please send corrections or suggested additions to Links verified July 2016