TheyWorkForYou makes Parliament easier to understand

Most people don’t know the name of their MP, let alone what they’ve been saying in Parliament, or how they’ve voted.

TheyWorkForYou aims to get that changed.

Why bother? It’s just a load of boring old politicians

We know that Parliament can be dry, fusty, and even intimidating. And there’s the problem: keeping up just involves too much effort.

Once you get past those barriers, though, you’ll find information that can entertain you, educate you and—no exaggeration—give you the power to get things changed. We think that should be available to everyone.

That’s where TheyWorkForYou comes in

TheyWorkForYou launched in 2004, taking data and information from official parliamentary sources and adding features that make them easier to understand, like:

  • A search box, so you can find mentions of any topic, in debates as recent as yesterday or as far back as the 1930s.
  • Not just the name, but the party, photo and position of each person who speaks, right next to their contribution to any debate.
  • A unique link for every statement, so you can share precisely what someone said, by email, Twitter or Facebook.
  • An alert sign-up, so you don’t have to come to the site to see what your MP is saying: it’ll drop straight into your email inbox instead.

And that’s, basically, what we’re all about: making it so easy to follow Parliament, that you, and everyone else, will know exactly what’s going on.

Who runs this site?

TheyWorkForYou is run by mySociety, a UK charity. We build web tools that make democracy a little more accessible. mySociety is not politically-aligned, and its projects are for everyone to use.

We are funded, in part, by donations from people like you. Here’s how to help support our projects.

Still got questions? Check our FAQs.

I want a site like this for my country

Excellent! Then you’ll be glad to know that mySociety works with organisations and people all over the world to help them re-use our code and set up websites like ours.

Our Pombola codebase was created to make it easier to build sites that monitor parliaments – anywhere. Find out more here.


Many thanks to mySociety team members and volunteers alike, past and present, for their work on TheyWorkForYou. Including:

  • Richard Allan
  • Martin Belam
  • James Crabtree
  • James Cronin
  • Stephen Dunn
  • Yoz Grahame
  • Phil Gyford
  • David Heath
  • Francis Irving
  • Ben Laurie
  • Tom Loosemore
  • Stefan Magdalinski
  • Dorian McFarland
  • Anno Mitchell
  • Danny O'Brien
  • Sam Smith
  • Matthew Somerville
  • Tom Steinberg
  • Stuart Tily
  • Julian Todd
  • Denise Wilton

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