Bill Wiggin MP said: “The signing of Magna Carta 800 years ago established the idea all ‘free men’, including the King, were subject to written law and that those ‘free men’ had the right to justice and a fair trial.

It is now recognised as a cornerstone of our democracy, cementing rights and freedoms in law, though in 1215 those rights were extended to just a small handful of the population.

800 years on and democracy has a very different appearance with the fully elected House of Commons we have today. Ultimately whilst there are many critics of Parliament it doesn’t hurt to remember quite how far we have come.”

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