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Democracy Live - building on success

Houses of Parliament
The website covers Westminster, as well as the UK's other democratic institutions

Democracy Live, launched by the BBC in 2009, provides unparalleled access to the UK's democratic institutions, with live and on-demand video coverage of the UK's national political institutions and the European Parliament.

The website covers all proceedings in the main chambers of the House of Commons, House of Lords, Scottish Parliament, Northern Ireland Assembly, Welsh Assembly and full sittings of the European Parliament, as well as some of the activities by parliamentary committees.

We will soon move Democracy Live onto a new, more modern publishing system, in line with the rest of the BBC News website.

As a result, you will notice a few changes to the appearance of the site.

The most obvious of these will be to the video wall on the front page. This will be replaced by eight boxes linking to live and on demand video from the relevant institutions.

The video players that Democracy Live use will now be larger and run on new, more robust technology.

The most important functions of Democracy Live will remain unchanged, for example the ability to watch and embed video, and to search videos for key words and phrases.


But the new platform means we will be in a much better position to make improvements, such as making it easier for you to share content via social media, and to develop better quality video for the site, with the potential to make this available on tablets and smart phones too in due course.

It will also mean our journalists have a better set of tools for creating and organising content, and over time this will allow us to do more to make relevant content from Democracy Live easier to find from the main news pages on the BBC News website.

The idea and principles of Democracy Live will remain exactly the same: to provide unedited, uninterrupted access to our democratic institutions, and allow you to find out about your elected representatives and the decision-making process.

Let us know if you have questions or concerns about these changes - you can get in touch with the Democracy Live team at

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