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The rediscovery of a fascinating parliamentary secret

What a forgotten 17th-century doorway can tell us about democracy in the UK

By Mark Collins  

Lindsay Hoyle, Speaker of the House, is shown the new find. Photo: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor

The long story of democracy and the rule of law in the United Kingdom has not always been a peaceful one, with disagreements profoundly dividing the country—with recent times no exception. Westminster Hall was the site of four courts which saw the development of the English law for almost 700 years and, as the great hall of the populace, it saw the first gathering of the Commons, in 1265.

Nowadays, the United…

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