Politics & International Relations

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New in June 2024!  UK political party manifestos for the July 2024 election, plus links to analysis of the pledges on climate, education and health

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This collection contains materials produced by the British Ministry of Information (MOI) and Central Office of Information (COI) from 1939-2009. It provides a unique insight into what successive British governments wanted their citizens to know, think, and do, as well as how their methods and media of achieving their aims changed over time. In addition, it reveals the image of Britain that different governments chose to project to the rest of the world.

Items range from posters and stickers to pamphlets and guidance booklets. The subject matter is just as varied, covering public health, education, social security, civil defence, international politics, race relations, sex discrimination, public sector career opportunities, policing, the environment, and Britain’s membership of the European Economic Community. Most of the items were published during the post-war period, but some date from the First and Second World Wars. 

An online archive of British political speeches, searchable by date, party, name or keyword. The archive holds the text of speeches given by Conservative, Labour and Liberal/Liberal Democrat Party leaders from 1895 to the present.

Search or browse the full text of British Cabinet Papers from 1915-1996 which are held in the National Archives. If you want to search, it is worth reading the search tips available on the site.


Conflict and Politics in Northern Ireland 1968 to the present.


Use this site to find Government information from departments, publications or statistics.
H.M. Treasury is particularly useful for publications and statistics.

Access declassified documents from Margaret Thatcher's personal files, as well as public and private archives in the UK and USA. You will also find videos, photos and the text of most speeches up to 1990.

This site hosted by The National Archive links via the UK Government Web Archive to the Office of the Prime Minister and Number 10 - Tony Blair Archives. Following the Office of the Prime Minister link you can access speeches, statements and press conferences, as well as video recordings of Prime Minister's Questions.

Manifestos from 1945 onwards.

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Search or browse one of the most detailed primary sources for the history of Britain and its former colonies. Reports from military officers serving abroad are included, as well as Command Papers, Bills, Committee reports. Hansard is available from 1803-2005. (See UK Parliament link if you need more recent papers.)

Access the daily record of debates in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords right up to the present (the Weekly Information Bulletin, business papers, Committee publications and Register of Members' Interests are also available). Includes Hansard.

The official report of all parliamentary debates.


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