The Open Univesity : Open Politics

Ever wondered what politicians are up to? What exactly they're paid for and whether they're really working for you? Welcome to Open Politics, the site that prises apart the doors of the Palace of Westminster, the heart of British politics, and shows you what's going on.

Make a start with two hot issues...

The House of Lords

Sometimes called the best club in London, but do we need it any more? Does it make Britain more or less democratic - and will reforming it make any difference at all?

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Foreign Policy

With British troops backing the US in Afghanistan, What should our role be in Foreign Affairs? Are we really a world player - or will we always be in America's shadow?

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Open Politics is a joint venture between the BBC and the Open University. We have worked together to bring you the news and views behind the main events, giving you fresh insight into some of today's big political battles.

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