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



British 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



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



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


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



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

dispatch box


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

dispatch box


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



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


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

division lobby


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



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


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


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



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



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


the official report of the speeches made in the British parliament

hereditary peer


someone who has become a member of the British House of Lords because their parent was a member

the House


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


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



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

lobby correspondent


a journalist who reports from the British parliament



a male member of the British House of Lords

the Lords

the British House of Lords, or its members

the Noble Lord/my noble friend

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

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 Palace of Westminster

the building where the British parliament meets

peer of the realm


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


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

private member’s bill


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



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


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


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.


British Right Honourable

sergeant at arms

another spelling of serjeant at arms

serjeant at arms


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



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


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


the UK parliament, based in Westminster, London



to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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