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06 JUL 2024 Explainer

Official opposition

As the second largest party in the House of Commons, the Conservative party is the current official opposition.

06 JUL 2024 Explainer

Payroll vote

The 'payroll vote' is the body of MPs who hold offices that require them to support the government.

06 JUL 2024 Explainer

King's Speech

The King's Speech is part of the State Opening of Parliament, the formal beginning of each new session of parliament.