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In the UK Parliament and Assemblies

agent

noun

in the UK, someone who helps a person to become a member of parliament

backbench

noun

one of the seats in the British Parliament where ordinary Members of Parliament sit. The leading members of each party sit on the front bench

backbencher

noun

an ordinary member of the British Parliament who does not have a senior position

benches

noun

the seats in the British parliament, and in some other parliaments, where the members sit. The people with the most important positions in their party sit on the front benches and the less important members on the back benches

the Budget

noun

a statement about the financial position of the UK, given in a speech to Parliament every year and including details about future changes to taxes and public spending

the Commons

the house of commons

cross-bencher

noun

a member of the house of lords (=part of the British parliament) who does not belong to any particular political party

dispatch box

noun

the place where a senior government minister stands when speaking in the British parliament

dispatch box

noun

a red case that a minister in the British government uses for carrying documents

division

noun

a system in which members of the British Parliament go into one of two separate places in order to vote for or against a particular issue

division bell

noun

a bell that is rung to tell members of the British parliament that it is time to vote

division lobby

noun

one of the two places where members of the British parliament must go in order to vote

filibuster

noun

a situation in which a politician deliberately delays or prevents a proposal from becoming law by continuing to speak until the end of a debate

front bench

noun

the front row of seats in the British Parliament where government ministers and senior Opposition politicians sit. Ordinary Members of Parliament sit on the back benches.

front bencher

noun

someone who sits on one of the front benches in the British Parliament

guillotine

noun

in the British parliament, a way of stopping discussion of a bill after a particular period of time

guillotine

verb

in the British parliament, to stop discussion of a bill after a particular period of time

Hansard

the official report of the speeches made in the British parliament

hereditary peer

noun

someone who has become a member of the British house of lords because their parent was a member

the House

noun

the House of Commons or the House of Lords in the UK, or the House of Representatives in the US

the House of Commons

the part of the parliament in the UK or Canada that consists of politicians who have been elected by the people. The House of Commons is sometimes simply called the Commons and the politicians elected to it are called Members of Parliament or MPs.

the House of Lords

the upper house of the British parliament, which is less powerful than the house of commons. Most of its members are appointed by the government, some are bishops, and some are people from the traditional nobility who have been elected by other members of the House of Lords. Most members have the title ’Lord’ or ’Lady’.

the Houses of Parliament

the parliament in the UK, or the buildings where the parliament meets

the Law Lords

noun

until 2009, the members of the British House of Lords who were important lawyers and judges and formed the highest court of law in the UK

the Leader of the House

a member of the British government whose job is to organize the work of the House of Commons or the House of Lords

lobby

noun

a place in the British parliament building where politicians meet and talk to journalists

lobby correspondent

noun

a journalist who reports from the British parliament

lord

noun

a male member of the British House of Lords

the Lords

the British house of lords, or its members

the Palace of Westminster

the building where the British parliament meets

peer of the realm

noun

someone from a high social class in the UK, who has the right to sit in the house of lords

Prime Minister’s Question Time

a regular period of time every week in the British House of Commons when the Prime Minister answers questions asked by Members of Parliament

private member

noun

a member of the UK parliament who is not a government minister

private member’s bill

noun

a new law that a private member suggests to the UK parliament

reading

noun

one of three occasions when a bill (=new law) is read to Parliament in the UK and discussed before it can become law

Right Honourable

adjective

used in the British parliament as a title when speaking or referring to senior politicians, especially members of the privy council and house of lords

royal assent

noun

an occasion when the king or queen of the UK signs an act of parliament in order to make it an official law

Rt Hon.

abbreviation

Right Honourable

sergeant at arms

another spelling of serjeant at arms

serjeant at arms

noun

an official in a court of law or in parliament in the UK whose job is to make certain that the people there do not behave badly

shadow

adjective

used for showing what position a member of the UK parliament would hold if their political party were in power

the Shadow Cabinet

the leading members of the UK parliament belonging to the largest party that is not in power. If their party were in power, they would be ministers and would form the cabinet.

the State Opening of Parliament

a ceremony that formally opens the British Parliament every year in October or November and after national elections

three-line whip

noun

an order from a political party to its members in parliament that they must vote in a particular way on an issue

Westminster

the UK parliament, based in Westminster, London

cross-bench

adjective

filibuster

verb

Order! Order!

used for telling people to be quiet and obey the rules, especially in a court of law or in the British parliament

the Noble Lord/my noble friend

used for talking formally to or about a member of the House of Lords

property porn

a type of television programme, magazine article, etc which shows off desirable homes …

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a plan or course of action that is not possible to achieve

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