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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 meetin…

Kedleston Hall

Derby does not spring to mind as a tourist attraction, but it has much to offer the visitor (including the county show in June). The cathedral, for example, has an interior that combine 18th-century splendour with the best modern craftsmanship. The Museum and Art Gallery in the Strand has an enormous range of displays, including porcelain, coins, natural history, archaeology and folk exhibits, together with a collection of paintings by the important local artist Joseph Wright, while the former silk mill off Full Street, now houses the Derby Industrial Museum, devoted to the history of local mining, quarrying and manufacturing, with special emphasis on Rolls Royce. You can see the porcelain industry at first hand at the Crown Derby factory in Osmaston Road, which has a fine museum. Joseph Pickford's House in 41 Friar Gate, has recently been converted to a museum of domestic life.

Derbyshire is famous for its stately homes, but none outdoes the grandeur and elegant symmetry of Kedleston Hall, long the home of the Curzon family and now in the hands of the National Trust. An immense portico fronts the main block, which is connected by curved walkways to substantial pavilions on each side. The sensational marble hall and a succession of splendid state rooms are finely furnished and housing an important collection of paintings. The park is really breathtaking. The most famous member of the Curzon family was Viceroy of India at the turn of the century and visitors can see his memorial chapel in the 12th-century church, together with other family monuments, and a collection of his treasures.

Kedleston Hall

Lord Curzon of Kedleston as Viceroy of India

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