Our elected masters are often accused of talking out of their bums, and indeed, often talk about bums when debating sexual offenses — but it seems that the official record of their debates, at Hansard can often mistakes arms for bums.
When railways, or any large hole for that matter, is dug underground, it can often leave telltale marks on the surface.
Had you been in Westminster at 4am this morning, a most unusual sight would have greeted you. Not the occasional night bus, delivery truck or worker, but the whole area was sealed off and given over to the military.
Parliament has commissioned an artist, Mary Branson as its official “Suffragette Artist-in-Residence” to develop a permanent work of art to commemorate the women’s suffrage campaign.
Fancy holding a reception inside the Houses of Parliament? Until recently only possible with the permission of an MP, the building is now being hired out for corporate events, or weddings.
If, or when the High Speed 2 railway is constructed, it will require roughly 6,000 dead goats.
It may seem like an ancient tradition, but the idea of today being a holiday is comparatively new — in fact it is just 40 years old. Today marks the 40th anniversary of the first Bank Holiday for New Year’s Day.
Exactly 700 years ago, King Edward I banned the wearing of armour or the carrying of weapons into Parliament. That law still exists today, and has never been amended or modified.
Westminster Abbey, that mighty bastion of religion has an alien invader amongst its midst, a couple of buildings that were nominally religious, but have spent the past 800 years performing more secular duties.
Something political from my collection of the Illustrated London News – this time January 28th 1860 during the ongoing construction of the new Parliament.
Today marks the 700th anniversary of the meeting of Parliament that resulted in the presentation of the Ordinances of 1311 to King Edward II, and the eventual banishment of Piers Gaveston from the realm. Piers Gaveston – the favourite, and…
I have again today come across the famous saying that “Westminster is the Mother of all Parliaments”, and indeed, the “Westminster System” of politics does operate in many countries. However, the claim that Westminster is the Mother of all Parliaments,…
Just down the road from the Houses of Parliament is the 1960s tower block, the Millbank Tower. Famous for its uncompromising brutal aesthetic in an area dominated by classical stone buildings and for hosting the Labour Party for a few…
As part of a UK-wide Discovering Places event, Parliament is leading short tours, showing familiar yet unexpected aspects of its buildings and works of art. Although most of the tour options are ones that anyone who goes in to the…