House of Commons

How representation of the people, and the powers of those representatives, developed from the 19th century onwards

The Reform Acts and representative democracy

From the 18th century onwards, industrial growth brought about social changes, resulting in demands from the working and middles classes for representative democracy which took years to be achieved

2015: Parliament in the Making

2015: Parliament in the Making logo

Join Parliament as we commemorate a series of major anniversaries in 2015: 750 years since De Montfort Parliament and 800 years since the sealing of Magna Carta.

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Find out about the role of the House of Commons and current business in the chamber

Listen to a tour of the Commons Chamber given by a visitors' assistant at the Houses of Parliament