Parliament’s focus on engagement with the public has been relatively recent. Arguably the impetus for improving institutional engagement can be traced back to two reports. Connecting Parliament with the Public (House of Commons Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons, 2004) and Members Only? Parliament in the Public Eye (Puttnam Commission, 2005) set out the need for greater engagement with the public. Since then, there have been a series of further reports emphasising the benefits of engagement, setting out plans and highlighting the progress that has been made.
University of Lincoln, College of Social Science Research
Catherine Bochel, University of Lincoln, School of Social and Political Sciences