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How government works

Find out what the government is, what it does and who works there.

The government is the group of people we elect – or vote for – to run the country.

The government has the power to make decisions that affect the whole country and the people who live here.

Our government also works with governments of other countries to make decisions that affect people around the world.

Our government is made up of people called Members of Parliament, MPs for short. Parliament is based in the Palace of Westminster. This is where MPs meet to discuss and agree how to run the country.

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