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Government and Politics

Local Government

Bedford Borough Council
Bedford Borough became a unitary authority on 1st April 2009
http://www.bedford.gov.uk

Central Bedfordshire Council
Central Bedfordshire Council is a unitary authority created on 1st April 2009, covering the geographical areas of the former South Bedfordshire and Mid Bedfordshire local authorities
http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/

Electoral Commission
The Electoral Commission, an independent body, upholds the rules on party and election finance, sets the standards for and reports on elections, promtes and explains the importance of voting and oversees local government boundary arrangements to ensure that they are fair.
http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/ home

History of Parliament
Detailed history of parliament. Includes information on members, constituencies, elections, themes and periods. You can search your area to find past MPs and their biographies
http://www.historyofparliamentonline.org

Local Government Association
Find out about current issues affecting local government in England and Wales.
http:/// www.local.gov.uk/

Members of Parliament
Find your MP's name and contact details by entering your postcode. You can also see various listings of MPs: alphabetically, by political party, by gender or by constituent parts of the UK.
http://www.parliament.uk/ mps-lords-and-offices/ mps/

NALC (National Association of Local Councils)
NALC represents the interests of Town and Parish Councils. Click the 'Toolkits' button for information about becoming a councillor and to find out what town and parish councils do.
http://www.nalc.gov.uk

National Government

Election Maps
A new Ordnance Survey site showing boundaries of different types of electoral areas, including wards, parliamentary constituencies and parishes, on OS maps online. Note that you do not see the parish boundaries option until you have already done a search for a different type of electoral area
http://www.election-maps.co.uk/

Epolitix
This site hosts MP's websites and also includes the week's political news from the UK's Parliaments and Assemblies and a legislation watch.
http://www.epolitix.com

GOV.UK
Entry point to all government and public services information and to online applications and forms for many services. Covers both national and local government services and information on starting and running a business. Replaced Directgov and Businesslink sites in October 2012.
http://www.gov.uk/

Royal Family
The official site of the British Monarchy, ""this web site provides information on the work of The Queen in modern society, biographies of the Royal Family, a history of kings and queens through the ages, background on Royal residences and art collections, and coverage of recent Royal events"".
http://www.royal.gov.uk

United Kingdom Parliament
Full text of Bills, Hansard, Select Committee Reports, House of Lords Judgements and more.
http://www.parliament.uk

United Nations
This site covers all aspects of the United Nations: its structure and main bodies, member states, goals, issues, documents and other publications.
http://www.un.org/ en/ index.html

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