How we got here, the UK Parliament podcast about how people turn big ideas into laws that shape a society.

This podcast draws on incredible human stories and groundbreaking ideas, following their route into Parliament, where they became the laws that shape our lives today.

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How we got... Animal Welfare

In this episode we find out how a donkey ended up in a Georgian courtroom and learn about the incredible determination of an MP with a sense of justice for animals years ahead of it’s time. We get some insider knowledge about one way MPs can get their idea into law: private members bills.

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How we got here... the Secret Ballot

From violence to secrecy – we discover the road which led to us voting in private. Featuring a giant petition, and some unlikely arguments, this episode takes us through how we got the orderly polling stations we have today. We get the inside scoop on how e-petitions work today.

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How we got here... Access to the Countryside

We discover the lifechanging power of the great outdoors and uncover the process which led to the UK’s first National Parks – from trespass to committee. We get behind-the-scenes insights into how UK Parliament’s Select Committees work.

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How we got here... Women's Rights in Marriage

In this episode we follow the tumultuous life of Caroline Norton, the woman at the heart of a political scandal who turned from outcast to activist in pursuit of access to her children. We go behind the scenes to find out how people can access Parliament and it’s members in pursuit of change today.

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