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Welcome to the Study of Parliament Group

Est. 1964

Our aim is to advance the study and public education of Parliament and other parliamentary institutions.

The group is open to past and present officials from the legislatures of the UK and Crown dependencies as well as academics working in the field of parliamentary studies. See our membership page for details about how to join. 

For general information and enquiries about the legislatures of the UK and Crown dependencies, see our links page.

Upcoming Events

Institute for Government: Parliament and the pandemic: the legacy of Covid-19 (20 April, 10:15-11:15) 

The arrival of Covid-19 forced parliament to innovate rapidly and experiment with new ways of working. These had a dramatic impact on the way MPs and peers did their jobs – with implications for the effectiveness and inclusivity of our legislature. What innovations should be kept, what should be dropped and who should decide?  

The SPG published a collection of essays on these important questions in January 2021. This Institute for Government event brings together an expert panel to probe them further.   

  • Tracey Crouch, MP for Chatham and Aylesford 
  • Matthew Hamlyn, Strategic Director, Chamber Business Team at House of Commons 
  • Philip Norton (Lord Norton of Louth), Professor of Government at the University of Hull and President of the Study of Parliament Group 

The event will be chaired by Dr Hannah White OBE, Deputy Director of the Institute for Government. 

Register for your place via THIS FORM. By filling out the registration form, you will automatically receive a confirmation email (please check your spam folder if you cannot see this).  

This event is open to all


Online seminar: Small parties and the pandemic – Thursday 22nd April 19.00-20.00 

Dr Louise Thompson (University of Manchester) and Dr Alexandra Meakin (University of Manchester) will be talking about their research. 

Drawing on interviews with MPs in small opposition parties in the House of Commons and an analysis of their parliamentary behaviour and contributions, this research shows the disproportionate impact of the pandemic and the changes to parliamentary proceedings, on these political parties. The session, chaired by Tom Healey (SPG Deputy Chair), will include a 20 minute presentation from Louise and Alexandra, followed by a Q & A. 

This event is for members of the SPG only

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