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UK Parliament: Magna Carta and the Emergence of Parliament

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In this short film produced by the United Kingdom Parliament, find out how and why Magna Carta was sealed in 1215 and the important role it played in the story of the emergence of Parliament and the journey to UK democracy. Stories from Parliament is a series of audio dramas with supporting teacher resources each telling a dramatic story from Parliament’s past. Episodes are accompanied by original illustrations.



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2015 marks the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta and in this interview by The Telegraph of Sir Robert Worcester, Chairman of the Magna Carta 800th anniversary committee, he explains the lasting relevance of the ‘Great Charter’ in the 21st century. Saying that “The relevance of the Magna Carta in the 21st century is that it is the foundation of liberty, some say the foundation of democracy.” “Some people have said to me, ‘ah, it is just about the Barons and their taxation’ and I say ‘yes’ and much later it was called no taxation without representation and England lost a colony called America on that basis.”, he adds.

Many thousands are expected to turn out for the Magna Carta celebrations next year. A newly elected prime minister will invite the Queen to sign a reaffirmation of its principles, and there is even talk of involving the UN in a bid to encourage the world’s nations to endorse the idea of the rule of law.