Elections and voting

People power has changed Parliament, achieving fairer representation and equal voting rights

Chartists

Find out how the long struggle for representative democracy led to the formation of the Chartist movement and eventually, in 1918, the right to vote being extended to all men

Women and the vote

Before 1918 only men were allowed to vote in parliamentary elections. In the early 20th century two main groups actively campaigned to give women the vote

Related information

Visit Parliament to view a display about the suffragettes showcasing a suffragette medal and a scarf belonging to Emily Wilding Davison

Parliament's Education Service supports young people's understanding of Parliament and democracy. Learn more about elections, referendums and voting systems.

Houses of History

Watch this video to experience one thousand years of history at the Palace of Westminster in just three minutes. You will see the shift in power from the monarch to the people, the emergence of universal suffrage, and the amazing history of the Palace itself.