MPs, Lords and the Monarch - who's who?

Take a closer look at the role of MPs, Members of the House of Lords, and the monarch in the UK’s parliamentary democracy using a combination of animations, video interviews and articles to bust common myths.  

What is the House of Lords?

What is the House of Lords and how has it evolved over time to be this way? This resource answers those questions and is an ideal starting point for exploring the House of Lords with students.

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Who is in the House of Lords?

Who is in the House of Lords and what are the different routes towards joining the House? Use these resources to help you start discussions and debate in the classroom around many surprising and interesting themes.

Discover out who is in the House of Lords

How does the House of Lords work?

Discover how the House of Lords undertakes its many functions and responsibilities.

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Members of the House of Lords

You often hear about Members of Parliament - or MPs - on TV or in the newspapers but there are over 750 men and women who make up Parliament's second chamber: the House of Lords. Find out more about their work and view a slideshow of images of the House of Lords chamber.

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The Lord Speaker

Find out what the Lord Speaker does, the career path that Baroness D'Souza took to get to this position and how the House of Lords can help young people address issues that concern them.

Watch the video with the Lord Speaker

MPs and the House of Commons

Who works in the House of Commons and what does their role involve? This article answers those questions and provides a slideshow of images from the House of Commons chamber.

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The monarch and Parliament

Find out about the role of today's monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, in Parliament.

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The work of the Serjeant at Arms

Watch this interview with Lawrence Ward, Serjeant at Arms at the Houses of Parliament.

Watch the interview with the Serjeant at Arms