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Government and Politics Links

These links should give you starting points for investigating government and politics in the UK. Polish equivalents are given where possible to enable comparison.

Political Science Resources www.psr.keele.ac.uk. This site from Keele University has an extraordinary range of links to political and governmental sites, not only in the UK but around the world. It is far more than an academic site. Most of the websites listed below were derived from here including the Polish links - Poland can be found under the Area Studies sub-homepage. There is a good search engine.



Keeping up-to-date

Below you will find links to sites that will keep you up-to-date in terms of elections, government departments, cabinet members and so on. However to keep up with current news the BBC and the Guardian should help.

 

The BBC www.bbc.co.uk

As always a very good site for basic information as well as up-to-date news items. It is suggested you enter the Politics page on http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/default.stm - there is no clear link to it on the Homepage. Once in it look for Politics Database down the page for background information. Also there are audio/ video links from here to live news and parliamentary proceedings if you have the software. The new BBC Parliament TV channel is dedicated to all parts of the political process.

 

The Guardian www.guardian.co.uk + The Observer

Known as Guardian Unlimited it has an excellent and very useful open archive - see website review. Use it to follow up recent political events or find out about politicians. A good way of finding out how Polish politics are reported in the UK press

 

Guardian Politics politics.guardian.co.uk

A very thorough and very full website of all aspects of day-to-day political life in Britain with plenty of critical commentary not found on the BBC or Vacher Dod sites. It has a number of useful sections including Ask Aristotle - an internal search engine, Polls - details of the latest UK opinion polls, Backbencher - political commentary from a range of columnists, Whitehall - about the Civil Service, Talk - online opinions, Parliament - up-to-date news, Beyond Westminster - Scotland, Wales, local, green etc and finally Special Reports - compilations of recent articles on popular themes e.g. women in politics, student politics, the Euro and constitutional reform

 

Vacher Dod Publishing

Dod On line www.politicallinks.co.uk a long time political publisher with a lot of information, as well as recent parliamentary news, simply and directly accessible from their homepage. Not only Westminster but the Welsh Assembly, Scottish Parliament, the Greater London Authority, the Civil Service and so on. There are links to Key Political Websites. Professional and up-to-date.


Government

Ukonline www.ukonline.gov.uk see website review The British government portal - run from the Cabinet Office. Big and complex. If you want a government department go to A-Z Central Government. Very good search engine.

Number 10 www.number-10.gov.uk. The website of the Prime Minister�s office (10 Downing Street) - a lot of uncritical information, but an emphasis on information nonetheless. User friendly.

         www.number-10.gov.uk/output/page19.asp - current list of members of the cabinet

         www.number-10.gov.uk/output/page30.asp - current list of major government departments with links to their websites

 

The Electoral Commission www.electoralcommission.org.uk - this site has very good introductory pages on:

         UK Parliament www.electoralcommission.org.uk/elections/ukparliament.cfm

         Local government www.electoralcommission.org.uk/elections/localgovernment.cfm

         The Greater London Assembly www.electoralcommission.org.uk/elections/gla.cfm

         Scottish Parliament www.electoralcommission.org.uk/elections/scotparliament.cfm

         Welsh Assembly www.electoralcommission.org.uk/elections/welshassembly.cfm

         Northern Irish Assembly www.electoralcommission.org.uk/elections/niassembly.cfm

 

Office for National Statistics www.statistics.gov.uk. A very big but well organised site. Has information from the 2001 census. User friendly.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office www.fco.gov.uk to find out about the UK�s external relations. Use the search engine to find out about relations with Poland. Also the site to start finding out about the regulations for working in the UK


Polish equivalent sites

Polish Prime Minister Chancellery Site www.kprm.gov.pl

G��wny Urz�d Statystyczny www.stat.gov.pl for statistics.

Click on Urz�dy Centralne to get the websites of the different Polish ministries and many other government institutions to match those for the UK above. Some statistics are available in English.

 

Parliament

The United Kingdom Parliament www.parliament.uk - both history and present business - both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. There is a glossary of the specific terminology - but not very helpful definitions.

 

The Electoral Commission www.electoralcommission.org.uk - everything you want to know about elections in Britain at every level from Parish Councils to the European Parliament. A large quantity of up-to-date information on present, past and future elections with pdf files of election results and in addition all the electoral rules for candidates, administrators and voters. For details of a large review of many aspects of the electoral system which is at present being undertaken e.g. electronic democracy/ political broadcasting/ political funding/ voting ages/ voting procedures/ internet campaigning and so on see www.electoralcommission.org.uk/elections/policyreviews.cfm

 

Dod On line www.politicallinks.co.uk - this has most of the information you will need straight from the homepage - even a history of parliament. But if you cannot find it try the three sites below:

         www.psr.keele.ac.uk/area/uk/e01/results.htm for the political composition of parliament

         www.parliament.uk/commons/lib/alms.htm for a list of MPs, their biographies, websites etc

         www.psr.keele.ac.uk/area/uk/mps.htm - MPs by constituency with full election results


Explore parliament www.explore.parliament.uk - a site aimed at children and teachers - so a good one for introducing your students in a straightforward way to the institution and the buildings

 

Polish equivalent sites

         The Sejm www.sejm.gov.pl

         The Senate www.senat.gov.pl

 

Other parliaments (and assemblies) in the UK

         The Welsh National Assembly www.wales.gov.uk

         The Scottish Parliament www.scottish.parliament.uk

         The Northern Ireland Assembly www.ni-assembly.gov.uk

         The Greater London Assembly www.london.gov.uk meeting of the Greater London Authority

 

Crown dependencies

         The Tynwald www.gov.im the parliament of the Isle of Man

         The parliaments of the Channel Islands: the States of Jersey www.jersey.gov.uk, Guernsey www.gov.gg, Alderney www.alderney.gov.gg. The Channel Islands are not part of the EU.

 

European parliament

The European Parliament www.europarl.eu.int

 

Political parties

Inside parliament

         The Labour Party www.labour.org.uk

         The Liberal Democrats www.libdems.org.uk

         The Conservative Party www.conservative-party.org.uk

         The Scottish National Party www.snp.org.uk

         Plaid Cymru www.plaidcymru.org the Welsh Nationalists


Outside parliament

         The Communist Party www.cpgb.org.uk

         The British National Party www.bnp.org.uk

         The Green Party www.greenparty.org.uk


Northern Irish Parties

         The Democratic Unionists www.dup.org.uk

         Sinn Fein sinnfein.ie

         The Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) www.sdlp.ie

         The Ulster Unionists www.uup.org

         The Alliance Party www.allianceparty.org


Under Political Science Resources www.psr.keele.ac.uk/parties.htm, links in English to political parties all over the world can be found as well as a large number of political interest groups in the UK e.g. the Trades Union Congress www.tuc.org.uk and Amnesty International www.amnesty.org committed to defending political rights worldwide

 

Some Polish equivalent sites

         Polskie Stronnictwo Ludowe www.psl.org.pl

         Platforma Obywatelska www.platforma.org

         Unia Wolno�ci www.uw.org.pl

         Akcja Wyborcza Solidarno�� www.solidarnosc.org.pl

         Unia Pracy www.uniapracy.org.pl

         Unia Polityki Realnej www.upr.org.pl

         Sojusz Lewicy Demokratycznej www.sld.org.pl

         Prawo i Sprawiedliwo�� www.pis.org.pl

         Samoobrona www.samoobrona.org.pl

 

Monarchy

The Monarchy www.royal.gov.uk - there should be something on the constitutional role here

Crown estates www.crownestate.co.uk - the monarchy is a massive landowner. Here you can find some of what they own.

 


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