"Familiarize yourself a little..." London Favorite Tip by Sharrie

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Favorite thing: <BR>Familiarize yourself a little with UK's political structure.
<BR>The UK Parliament is composed of 2 Houses:
<BR>1) The House of Lords
<BR>* Also known as the Upper House (cannot refuse the passage of a bill, but can suspend one).
<BR>* Lord Chancellor presides over this House.
<BR>* Highest court of appeal in UK.
<BR>* 3 categories: More than 1000 hereditary peers sit in this house.
<BR>* i) Hereditary peers.
<BR>* ii) Life peers. (Largest group)
<BR>* iii) Spiritual peers. (26 members, all bishops of the Anglican Church)
<BR>2) The House of Commons
<BR>* In 1689, William III & Queen Mary signed the Bill of Rights.
<BR>* In 1701 Parliament drew up the rules of royal succession thereby controling sovereignty.
<BR>* In 1928, women gained the right to vote.
<BR>* When Members of Parliament vote, they leave the Chamber either by the 'Aye' corrider or the 'No' corridor. Outside, votes are counted by party 'whips'.
<BR> MPs assemble in House of Commons under the chairmanship of the Speaker. The Speaker is in control & chooses who to speak. Every member addresses the Speaker & never one another.

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  • Written Sep 12, 2002
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