Clip description Keywords
 A to Z of Parliament – P for Petitions
A to Z of Parliament – P for Petitions

Duration: 02:03

The role of petitions and how MPs can listen to the problems of the electorate.

 
 A to Z of Parliament – T for Ten Minute Rule Bills
A to Z of Parliament – T for Ten Minute Rule Bills

Duration: 01:32

Ten minute rule bills and how MPs can change the law.

 
'First past the post' and proportional representation
'First past the post' and proportional representation

Duration: 03:49

The 'first past the post' principle and proportional representation are explained and examined.

 
A Europe without borders
A Europe without borders

Duration: 03:29

A look at the freedom of movement within the EU and the removal of border controls by some countries under the EU's Schengen agreement.

 
A to Z of Parliament – A for Augustus Pugin
A to Z of Parliament – A for Augustus Pugin

Duration: 01:50

The history of Augustus Pugin, the celebrated designer of the interior of the Palace of Westminster.

 
A to Z of Parliament – B for Bishops
A to Z of Parliament – B for Bishops

Duration: 03:01

How bishops (or the Lords Spiritual) play a role in making law and whether they still have a role to play in Parliament.

 
A to Z of Parliament – B for Black Rod
A to Z of Parliament – B for Black Rod

Duration: 03:04

Pippa Sim describes the role of Black Rod in Parliament.

 
A to Z of Parliament – C for Catching the Speaker’s Eye
A to Z of Parliament – C for Catching the Speaker’s Eye

Duration: 02:12

How MPs get chosen to speak in Parliament.

 
A to Z of Parliament – F for Filibustering
A to Z of Parliament – F for Filibustering

Duration: 03:38

Filibustering and how to delay legislation that is not liked.

 
A to Z of Parliament – P for Party Conferences
A to Z of Parliament – P for Party Conferences

Duration: 01:51

The role of party conferences and what happens in them.

 
A to Z of Parliament – P for Privilege
A to Z of Parliament – P for Privilege

Duration: 03:45

Freedom of Speech in Parliament and how this is a cornerstone of democracy.

 
A to Z of Parliament – S for Seating in the Commons
A to Z of Parliament – S for Seating in the Commons

Duration: 02:16

Where MPs sit in Parliament and what it means.

 
A to Z of Parliament – U for Urgent Questions
A to Z of Parliament – U for Urgent Questions

Duration: 02:16

How urgent questions are asked and answered in Parliament

 
A to Z of Politics – B for Budget
A to Z of Politics – B for Budget

Duration: 02:59

The budget - what it is and how it affects all of us

 
A whistle-stop tour of the key EU institutions
A whistle-stop tour of the key EU institutions

Duration: 07:29

Mark Mardell explains what the different bodies of the European Union do and how they affect ordinary people.

 
Additional Member System
Additional Member System

Duration: 03:06

The Additional Member System in German politics is illustrated by a German teenager choosing the best penalty takers from her school.

 
Alternative vote system
Alternative vote system

Duration: 02:55

The Alternative Vote system in Australian politics as illustrated by a water polo team choosing new swimwear.

 
America's presidential democracy
America's presidential democracy

Duration: 02:01

Noah, a teenager from America, describes the US political system.

 
Are these examples of political spin?
Are these examples of political spin?

Duration: 04:11

Explaining spin and how it is used to present an image or angle to a story, and why it is difficult for politicians to apologise.

 
Authoritarian democracy in Singapore
Authoritarian democracy in Singapore

Duration: 04:45

A look at authoritarian democracy in Singapore, where the same party has won every election for more than half a century.

 
Battle of the Forth Road Bridge
Battle of the Forth Road Bridge

Duration: 04:38

The Scottish National Party minority government faces challenges passing legislation, such as the construction of a new Forth Road Bridge.

 
Becoming a candidate
Becoming a candidate

Duration: 01:28

Emily Benn was selected by the Labour Party as the youngest ever prospective parliamentary candidate at the age of 17. If elected to Westminster she would be the youngest ever MP.

 
Being a member of the UK Youth Parliament
Being a member of the UK Youth Parliament

Duration: 01:47

A UK Youth Parliament representative from Northern Ireland attends a meeting of the parliament in London.

 
Being a Young Mayor
Being a Young Mayor

Duration: 02:44

A look at the role of Young Mayor in a local council.

 
Black and Hispanic involvement in US politics
Black and Hispanic involvement in US politics

Duration: 01:23

Why ethnic minorities in the USA are under-represented in political bodies.

 
Britain's membership of the European Union
Britain's membership of the European Union

Duration: 03:01

The UK's historical and present day relationship with Brussels and the European Union, and why some people think the UK should not be a member of the EU.

 
Campaigning
Campaigning

Duration: 02:13

Two teenagers from Walsall in the West Midlands campaign about climate change and take part in a march in London.

 
Commons questions
Commons questions

Duration: 02:06

The ways in which MPs can question each other in the House of Commons is examined.

 
Commons whips
Commons whips

Duration: 01:35

Pascale Yasmine investigates the role of a whip in maintaining party discipline and organising MPs to vote according to the party line.

 
Compulsory voting in Australia
Compulsory voting in Australia

Duration: 05:17

A look at compulsory voting in Australia, where everyone over the age of 18 has to vote in elections.

 
Crossbench peers
Crossbench peers

Duration: 01:47

The role of crossbench peers in the House of Lords is explained.

 
Delivering a knockout speech
Delivering a knockout speech

Duration: 03:11

Getting up on stage and delivering a killer speech to an audience is one of the most important yet nerve-wracking moments for politicians at party conferences.

 
Demonstrations at the London G20 Summit
Demonstrations at the London G20 Summit

Duration: 05:08

Campaign groups protest in the City of London ahead of the G20 summit on 2 April 2009.

 
Divisions - debates in the House of Commons
Divisions - debates in the House of Commons

Duration: 02:08

A brief guide to the use of divisions in the House of Common and the role of the Speaker.

 
Do issues influence how people vote?
Do issues influence how people vote?

Duration: 00:42

Which issues influence how people vote?

 
Does age influence how people vote?
Does age influence how people vote?

Duration: 01:44

A look at how age and age-related issues could have an influence on both new and older voters.

 
Does ethnic origin and/or religion influence how people vote?
Does ethnic origin and/or religion influence how people vote?

Duration: 01:21

A look at how ethnic origin and related issues of language and social class can influence voting patterns and voter turnout.

 
Does personality and leadership style influence how people vote?
Does personality and leadership style influence how people vote?

Duration: 01:51

A look at the leaders of the main political parties and how their personal styles could influence how people vote in the 2007 Scottish Parliament election.

 
Does social class influence how people vote?
Does social class influence how people vote?

Duration: 01:09

Does social class continue to influence how people vote?

 
Does the media influence how people vote?
Does the media influence how people vote?

Duration: 03:51

A look at the influence of television and print media on how people vote.

 
External influences on local government
External influences on local government

Duration: 01:40

Financing and control of local government by UK and Scottish Parliaments and Governments.

 
Fringe events at party conferences
Fringe events at party conferences

Duration: 02:04

Party conferences aren't all about the leader's big speech, there are hundreds of other events going on at the same time.

 
Holyrood: Scotland's Parliament
Holyrood: Scotland's Parliament

Duration: 04:45

The workings of the Scottish Parliament are described by the leaders of all five parties represented there.

 
House of Commons: Points of order
House of Commons: Points of order

Duration: 01:38

How and why an MP can call a point of order is examined.

 
House of Commons: Sitting in private
House of Commons: Sitting in private

Duration: 02:09

Peter Ball explains the right of MPs to call to sit in private, using real footage to help explain how this works.

 
Houses of Parliament
Houses of Parliament

Duration: 03:32

A group of teenagers visit the House of Commons and the Lords.

 
How a law is made in the European Union
How a law is made in the European Union

Duration: 01:43

Catherine Stihler, British MEP, is seen running between the three institutions - the Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers.

 
How a law is made in the UK
How a law is made in the UK

Duration: 03:21

Follow a group of teenagers on a tour of Parliament as they discover how a bill becomes law.

 
How important is public opinion?
How important is public opinion?

Duration: 03:29

The rights of groups to access the Scottish Parliament is explored through case studies on hospital closure and smacking.

 
How MPs are called to vote in Parliament by the division bell
How MPs are called to vote in Parliament by the division bell

Duration: 02:19

Quentin Letts shows how MPs are called to vote in Parliament by the division bell.

 
How parliamentary committees work
How parliamentary committees work

Duration: 02:32

Quentin Letts describes how parliamentary committees work.

 
How the House of Lords works
How the House of Lords works

Duration: 02:26

Quentin Letts examines how the House of Lords works and what it does.

 
How the parliamentary record Hansard is produced
How the parliamentary record Hansard is produced

Duration: 02:28

Quentin Letts examines how Hansard is produced.

 
How the Scottish Parliament works: free personal care
How the Scottish Parliament works: free personal care

Duration: 02:28

The implementation of free personal care for older people in Scotland.

 
How the Scottish Parliament Works: Gypsy travellers
How the Scottish Parliament Works: Gypsy travellers

Duration: 01:45

The response of the Scottish Parliament to the demands of a section of society.

 
How the Scottish Parliament works: Members' Bill
How the Scottish Parliament works: Members' Bill

Duration: 01:24

The implementation of a successful Members' Bill is looked at through a case study on dog fouling legislation.

 
How the Scottish Parliament works: public petition
How the Scottish Parliament works: public petition

Duration: 01:22

A successful public petition that brought about change - in this case dealing with the issue of waste management.

 
How the Speaker of the House of Commons keeps order
How the Speaker of the House of Commons keeps order

Duration: 02:49

Quentin Letts examines how the Speaker of the House of Commons keeps order.

 
India: world's largest democracy
India: world's largest democracy

Duration: 04:24

India is the largest democracy in the world. An Indian teenager shows us around Delhi and explains his pride in India's democracy and society.

 
Insider pressure groups
Insider pressure groups

Duration: 03:47

Three case studies explain the influence of pressure groups on Scottish government.

 
Is 16 too young to vote?
Is 16 too young to vote?

Duration: 04:45

Actress Melissa Suffield investigates if young people should be able to vote at 16 years old..

 
Joining a political party
Joining a political party

Duration: 01:07

Ben talks about why he became a member of Conservative Future at the age of 16.

 
Local Council Elections and Single Transferable Vote
Local Council Elections and Single Transferable Vote

Duration: 00:32

The clip explains the Single Transferable vote system introduced to Scottish Local Government Elections in 2007.

 
Local council services
Local council services

Duration: 02:11

A look at the importance of local government in our daily lives, including examples of different council services.

 
Local democracy: parish council to MEP
Local democracy: parish council to MEP

Duration: 07:42

An introduction to local democracy. The roles and responsibilities of a Parish Council, District Council and County Council, MP and MEP are explored as three teenagers investigate protecting the village of Happisburgh from coastal erosion.

 
Local democracy: town council and unitary authority
Local democracy: town council and unitary authority

Duration: 05:22

Introduction to local democracy. The role and responsibilities of a town council and a unitary authority are explored as two teenagers campaign to improve their local bus services.

 
Local government funding: Public Private Partnership
Local government funding: Public Private Partnership

Duration: 03:05

A look at the use of Public Private Partnership funding by a local council.

 
Local government money
Local government money

Duration: 00:42

A look at the main sources of local government income and expenditure and how it is spent.

 
Local government: council tax
Local government: council tax

Duration: 03:06

Arguments for and against the council tax.

 
Local government: rural services
Local government: rural services

Duration: 03:05

How rural needs are funded and met. For the Scottish Highland Council this has included the shared use of buildings.

 
Local government: town planning and regeneration
Local government: town planning and regeneration

Duration: 02:50

Local councils are responsible for town planning. In Glasgow, the Gorbals area has been redeveloped by Glasgow City Council on two different occasions.

 
Meet the civil servant
Meet the civil servant

Duration: 04:02

A discussion on the role and unseen work of the civil service.

 
Meet the MSP
Meet the MSP

Duration: 04:40

The pros and cons of an SNP proposal to raise the age at which alcohol can be purchased to 21.

 
New Commons rules
New Commons rules

Duration: 02:09

Examining changes to Commons question sessions and more relaxed rules on the use of technology using actual Commons footage.

 
One party system in China
One party system in China

Duration: 01:50

A Chinese teenager's view of the one party system in his country.

 
Organising your own campaign
Organising your own campaign

Duration: 04:04

Four girls from Salford organised a march and campaign to try and save their school from closure.

 
Outsider pressure groups
Outsider pressure groups

Duration: 01:47

A look at the use of direct action by outsider pressure groups, using the issue of fox hunting as a case study.

 
Parliament reform
Parliament reform

Duration: 03:57

UK Youth Parliament members debate in the Commons chamber.

 
Participation and representation in Scotland
Participation and representation in Scotland

Duration: 02:05

The clip explains the different methods of electing MSPs and the resulting representation.

 
Petitioning the Welsh Assembly
Petitioning the Welsh Assembly

Duration: 04:25

A group of canoeists use the petitioning system at the National Assembly for Wales to protest about the lack of sporting rights on inland waterways.

 
Political conflict in Zimbabwe
Political conflict in Zimbabwe

Duration: 03:52

A teenage refugee from Zimbabwe describing conditions for many people who have fled from the country and now sleep rough in neighbouring South Africa.

 
Political participation
Political participation

Duration: 02:00

A look at voter apathy and the reasons behind it. The impact of a reduction in voting age is also discussed.

 
Political spin: politicians, journalists and spin doctors
Political spin: politicians, journalists and spin doctors

Duration: 03:30

The role of spin doctors and the power which they have with journalists and politicians. The film also looks at the Prime Minister's monthly press conference.

 
Politics and the media
Politics and the media

Duration: 02:24

How journalists cover politics at Westminster.

 
Pressure groups
Pressure groups

Duration: 01:19

A look at a range of pressure groups and their methods.

 
Prime Minister's Questions
Prime Minister's Questions

Duration: 03:03

Quentin Letts takes a look at Prime Minister's Questions.

 
Private members’ bills
Private members’ bills

Duration: 01:40

Alasdair Rendall gives a quick guide to private members' bills in the House of Commons.

 
Pupils compete to become the school monitor in a Chinese school
Pupils compete to become the school monitor in a Chinese school

Duration: 03:11

Three pupils compete to see who should be the school monitor in a Chinese school.

 
Results and benefits of Single Transferable Vote
Results and benefits of Single Transferable Vote

Duration: 01:28

A look at the impact of the introduction of Single Transferable Voting.

 
Results of Scottish Parliament elections 2007
Results of Scottish Parliament elections 2007

Duration: 02:25

The clip looks at the impact of the Additional Member System on the results of Scottish Parliament Elections 2007.

 
Royal Family rule in Dubai
Royal Family rule in Dubai

Duration: 04:52

Ibrahim, a young Arab who lives in Dubai, gives his personal perspective on the Royal Family-led political system in the United Arab Emirates.

 
Scottish Parliamentary elections - Additional Member System
Scottish Parliamentary elections - Additional Member System

Duration: 02:05

The clip give an explanation of the Additional Member System as used in Scottish Parliamentary Elections.

 
Single Transferable Vote
Single Transferable Vote

Duration: 02:57

Single Transferable Vote is explained with the help of céilidh dancers in Scotland.

 
Sixth-formers divided over tuition fee protests
Sixth-formers divided over tuition fee protests

Duration: 05:28

Sixth-form students give their differing views of the issue of tuition fees for university study.

 
State Opening of Parliament
State Opening of Parliament

Duration: 01:14

Parliament is visited by a group of teenagers who learn about the State Opening of Parliament.

 
Student protests in Thailand, 1976 (audio)
Student protests in Thailand, 1976 (audio)

Duration: 08:59

Former student leader Thongchai remembers violent political protests in 1976.

 
Students march against tuition fees increase
Students march against tuition fees increase

Duration: 01:56

Students protest in London against increased university tuition fees, while questions are asked in Parliament.

 
Switzerland's referendum system
Switzerland's referendum system

Duration: 03:09

A Swiss teenager's view of the political and referenda system in Switzerland.

 
The A-Z of conference season
The A-Z of conference season

Duration: 02:32

A whirlwind tour of all the essential elements of any party conference.

 
The adjournment debate and their importance in Parliament
The adjournment debate and their importance in Parliament

Duration: 02:47

Quentin Letts describes the adjournment debate and why they are important in Parliament.

 
The Euro
The Euro

Duration: 01:21

Dutch and German attitudes towards the Euro, which replaced their old currencies, the Dutch Guilder and German Mark.

 
The European Commission
The European Commission

Duration: 02:26

Adam Fleming goes inside the Berlaymont building to find out how the European Commission works.

 
The European Parliament and the work of an MEP
The European Parliament and the work of an MEP

Duration: 03:16

Catherine Stihler, British MEP, explains the role of an MEP. A behind the scenes look at how the European Parliament operates, including the work of interpreters and chefs.

 
The five stages of how a bill becomes law
The five stages of how a bill becomes law

Duration: 02:26

Quentin Letts describes the five stages of how a bill becomes law.

 
The House of Lords: The Lord Speaker
The House of Lords: The Lord Speaker

Duration: 01:59

The duties of the recently created post of Lord Speaker are examined.

 
The influence of the media in politics
The influence of the media in politics

Duration: 04:43

An examination of the relationship between the media and politicians.

 
The National Assembly for Wales
The National Assembly for Wales

Duration: 04:48

An overview of the work of the National Assembly for Wales.

 
The Northern Ireland Children's Commissioner's Youth Panel
The Northern Ireland Children's Commissioner's Youth Panel

Duration: 04:13

Young people explain their involvement in the Northern Ireland Children's Commissioner's Youth Panel.

 
The political groupings of the European Parliament
The political groupings of the European Parliament

Duration: 10:19

An examination of the political groupings which make up the European Parliament.

 
The Procurator Fiscal (PF)
The Procurator Fiscal (PF)

Duration: 01:44

The role of a Procurator Fiscal is outlined and what options they use with criminals are listed.

 
The relationship between Parliament and the press
The relationship between Parliament and the press

Duration: 02:43

Quentin Letts describes the relationship between Parliament and the press.

 
The role of a Westminster MP
The role of a Westminster MP

Duration: 02:27

Westminster MP Chloe Smith discusses being the youngest MP when she was elected in 2009 at 27 years old. She talks through her role and a typical working day.

 
The traditions of the state opening of Parliament
The traditions of the state opening of Parliament

Duration: 02:30

Quentin Letts walks through the Queen's speech and some of the traditions of the state opening of Parliament.

 
The USA's capitalist economy
The USA's capitalist economy

Duration: 01:58

The USA's capitalist economy brings benefits for some but leaves others disadvantaged.

 
University tuition fees
University tuition fees

Duration: 03:01

The government proposed rise in university tuition fees for students in England from 2012.

 
Welsh political media
Welsh political media

Duration: 04:19

A guide to how devolved politics in Wales is reported by the media.

 
Westminster Hall
Westminster Hall

Duration: 01:59

An insight into the historical and current use of Westminster Hall, the oldest part of the Palace of Westminster.

 
What is the Northern Ireland Assembly?
What is the Northern Ireland Assembly?

Duration: 06:46

Archive footage reflecting decades of political upheaval in Northern Ireland and a glimpse behind the scenes of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

 
What MPs do when on parliamentary recess
What MPs do when on parliamentary recess

Duration: 02:36

Quentin Letts explains what MPs do when they are on recess

 
Who has power in Holyrood?
Who has power in Holyrood?

Duration: 01:32

A look at the power of the various parts of the Scottish parliament and female and ethnic minority representation.

 
Who has power? Westminster versus Holyrood
Who has power? Westminster versus Holyrood

Duration: 01:31

How is power divided between Holyrood and Westminster?

 
Who makes our laws?
Who makes our laws?

Duration: 01:03

How laws are made in the UK and Scotland.

 
Why does the European Union exist?
Why does the European Union exist?

Duration: 00:52

Catherine Stihler was elected as the youngest British MEP in 1999. She describes why the European Union was created.

 
Why politics matters
Why politics matters

Duration: 09:28

Andrew Marr presents the arguments for and against being interested in politics.

 
Work of a councillor
Work of a councillor

Duration: 05:57

Matthew Duncan explains his role as a councillor in Aberdeen, Scotland.

 
Work of an MSP
Work of an MSP

Duration: 01:40

Shona Robison, MSP, Dundee East, explains her work as an MSP, both in the Parliament and in her Scottish Constituency.

 
Workings of a Scottish council
Workings of a Scottish council

Duration: 01:06

The workings of a Scottish council.

 
Youngest MP
Youngest MP

Profile of Jo Swinson MP, elected as the youngest Member of Parliament in 2005.

 
Youth involvement with local councils
Youth involvement with local councils

Duration: 01:02

Local Councils can consult with youth groups to help them serve young people.

 
Youth participation
Youth participation

Duration: 03:10

Young people voice their opinions about youth engagement in politics in Wales.

 

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