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Excellent resource on UK politics - free!

Mike McCartney

20th April 2021

I may be teaching the proverbial grandmother to suck eggs here?

But I was surprised that more colleagues didn't know about the quality and depth of the materials generated by the House of Commons Research Library.

It is beyond the scope of this blog to discuss the huge quantity of publications on social and economic issues that are worth turning to if you want accurate and up-to-date figures/data - on everything from alcohol use statistics (Economics teachers delivering market failure as a topic, take note) to covid (free from twisting and misinterpretation of journos). See: https://commonslibrary.parliam...

Suffice it to say that the publications on matters relating to domestic politics they publish are often second to none.

A lot of them are produced by a chap called Dr Richard Kelly. I am assuming it is the same man that many see as a bit of a legend on matters relating to the Conservative Party. The same man who taught at Manchester Grammar School for many years, and was supervised on his PhD as the same Professor of Politics at Leeds that this writer worked under. If it isn't him, then it's by the by because the work is excellent.

Here are a few highlights that are directly relevant to the UK Politics element of the A-Level course:

Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011

https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/sn06111/

Recall elections

https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/sn05089/

The Liaison Committee: taking evidence from the Prime Minister

https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/cbp-8182/

Mike McCartney

Mike is an experienced A-Level Politics teacher, author and examiner.

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