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Who runs the UK?

For the first time since 1707, the Scots now have their own parliament in Edinburgh, and the Welsh their own national assembly in Cardiff. It is only England, that doesn't have its own parliament. Issues that effect England are decided by the UK government, which consists of MPs from all over the UK.

Great Britain (UK) is a parliamentary democracy with a constitutional Monarch as Head of State

The principle behind British democracy is that the people elect Members of Parliament (MPs) to the House of Commons in London at a general election, held no more than five years apart. Most MPs belong to a political party, and the party with the largest number of MPs in the House of Commons forms the government.

Houses of Parliament
Houses of Parliament

Over the next few pages we will explain the difference between Parliament and the Government and tell you how our country is run.

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Events and special days in the UK
British Life
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Mandy is the creator of the Woodlands Resources section of the Woodlands Junior website. 
The two websites and are the new homes for the Woodlands Resources.

Mandy left Woodlands in 2003 to work in Kent schools as an ICT Consulatant. 
She now teaches computers at The Granville School and St. John's Primary School in Sevenoaks Kent.