This page is in the midst of a redesign. If you see anything that looks like a bug, please let me know!

For all its routine and formal trappings, Parliament remains a crucial engine of our democracy. And lots of its workings—votes, speeches, committees—take place in the open. But, too often, information that's technically available is difficult to find and use. This independent, non-governmental site aims to make some of that information more easily accessible.

Behind the curtain

Hi. I'm Michael. (You can reach me via e-mail.) This site is a volunteer, spare-time effort of mine. I built it because I think Parliament's goings-on are important—alternately fascinating, boring, and depressing, but important—and because I believe that public information should be meaningfully public, which today means shareable and computer-readable.

In building the site, I had no shortage of inspirations. In particular, TheyWorkForYou.com does wonderful things in the UK, and there are similar sites around the world. Thanks also to How'd They Vote, Canada's OG Hansard scraper and PoliTwitter.ca, whose API helps me keep up-to-date on MPs' use of social media.

Feedback & Contact

I'm not an MP, and I don't work for the government. If you want to get in touch with your MP, find their page on this site (try the search box in the upper right), then click the Contact link on the left side of their page. Please don't contact me for help with government problems or to express general political opinions.

Questions and comments related to this site are welcome, though! You can take a look at a feedback forum or send me an email.

Pitch in

Here's how you can help.

Programmers

This site is free software. We run on Python and Django. If you notice a bug or want to add functionality, patches are wonderful things. Reports and suggestions should go to our feedback forum, or e-mail. I've listed some ideas for projects. You're also very much encouraged to build your own projects on top of our code and data. We have a bare-bones API for Hansard transcripts, and I'm happy to add requested API functionality.

Graphic/Interface Designers

Design is crucial to making information accessible. This site is my amateur effort; suggestions and contributions are deeply welcome.

Everyone

Send suggestions and problem reports via our feedback forum or e-mail. Use our data. And encourage your representatives and communities to support open data.

And while this is emphatically a nonprofit project, we do have significant technical costs, so donations are much appreciated.