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A group of teenagers take a tour of the Houses of Parliament, visiting both the Commons and the Lords. In the Commons, the teenagers are shown the green benches and the Speaker's chair, and learn about the principle of adversarial debating. In the Lords, they learn how people are appointed to the Chamber and discuss with Baroness Hayman the image of the Lords.
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18 March 2010

Classroom Ideas

This clip could be used to illustrate the set up of the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Students could investigate representation of different social and ethnic groups and genders in both houses. What does Baroness Hayman's closing comment "If you want to see dreadlocks in Parliament, come to our end of the building" say about the position of black and ethnic minorities in Parliament?