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The Commons’ People

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Gordon Marsden on the origins and future of the project to chart the history of the Houses of Parliament.

Britain’s institutions may be world famous – but the pressure to examine how they tick and to update them grows apace. Since Diana’s death last year the debate on reinventing the monarchy has intensified and now runs in tandem with the new Blair government’s commitment to modernising Britain, seen most concretely in major constitutional changes – a parliament for Scotland (the first for nearly 300 years), assemblies for Wales and London (the latter with an elected mayor) and squaring up to reform – and potential replacement – of the House of Lords.


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