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Constituencies, wards and local councils

Constituencies (a.k.a. parliamentary constituencies): each electing one Member of Parliament (MP) every 5 years to the House of Commons (Parliament). There are 650 constituencies in the UK. Wards (a.k.a. electoral divisions or electoral wards) is the primary unit of English electoral geography for borough and district councils, county councils or city councils. Each ward elects either one or two councillors to be members of the local council. There were 9,456 electoral wards/divisions in the UK and each ward has an average electorate of about 5,500 people, but ward population can vary substantially. Local council is made up of a number of Councillors (Cllr) who meet regularly to make decisions about the direction of the council and the work it does for the community. As elected bodies local councils are responsible to their local community. Attending a council meeting is the best way to find out what they do and how they make decisions. Members of public can attend public council m

Poor English, English Gentleman and Handsome Tutor

Dear King, I bought a mobile this morning. The No. is 0044 7951 311205. But it's not active now, since I need to charge the battery for overnight and the socket in my room doesn't fit for the plug of the charger. i should buy an adapter tomorrow. So it might not be available till tomorrow evening. You can try to call me from next night. but it's too expensive to call an international phone. I have never been aware how poor my English is until I went to U.K. Now I'm a foreigner here. It's no problem to understand the lecture and what people speak to me. However, I can't understand when they're talking to each other, not to me. i.e. when i cook in kitchen or have a meal in dinning room, the native speakers are talking each other beside me, but I cannot understand what they say. I feel so lonely and helpless. Anyway, Englishmen are friendly and gentleman. i am impressed by it. One day, when i lost in the campus and looked for the registration place, (I might

Settle Down in Newcastle

king, i have settled down here. and i'm having a practical course of C++ in computer lab now. it's impossible to write a huge article currently. i will send u detail later. Just let u know everything's ok. pls call my parents about it. since i can't send email to them and they don't recognize English. -- Alice >From: Jim >To: alice@bigfoot.com >Subject: settledown >Date: 16 Sep 2000 16:21:09 -0000 > >Hi: > Now you have got what you dreamed of: living in a country where all of its >people are native English speaker, can speak English whenever you want, and >most of all, you do get rid of me: the trouble maker. Have you settled >down now? I think that the campus could have provide all you want. Study in >England, cool! > You father insisted of staying at the airport till 10:55, till the plane >took off. I left when I said goodbye to Heping, he said you would not come >to say goodbye again. > If you settled down, do dr