In an age of social media and ‘fake news’, finding reliable information about politics and Parliament is not always straightforward, despite 24 hour reporting. Yet earlier in its history Parliament has had an uneasy relationship with the press. For decades parliamentarians tried to control the flow of political news, before accepting official publication of all debates through sources such as Hansard.
In this series of blogs, the History of Parliament will explore how those outside Parliament found out what was going on politically throughout its history, and how reliable this news was. It will allow people today to explore how Parliament operated in the past and engage them with present-day issues in the news and media.