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  UK Parliament
What is Parliament?
The minister for children
What is the House of Commons?
What is the House of Lords?
Where does the Queen fit in?
Who is the Prime Minister?
What is the Government?
Who are the cabinet?
What is an MP?

 
What is the Government?

The Government is the group of people who Tony Blair has chosen to help him run the country.

There are normally about 100 people in a UK government.

This is different from Parliament. It is also different from the Labour Party.

The making of a Government

1 A general election is held. All 659 MPs are chosen when the country votes.

2 The votes are counted. The leader of the party with the most MPs can become Prime Minister.

3 The new Prime Minister choses a team of people from Parliament who will run the country with him.

4 Any MPs or Lords in the team he picks are now members of the UK Government.


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