About the Site

The web is becoming important to politics in the UK.

More and more information about British politics is available on various web sites. Some of it is easy to find. Some of it isn't. Some of it is widely promoted. Some is pretty much hidden.

Here on The Political Web we intend to track down as much of this information as possible and make it easy for the public to find.

We are starting with MPs and constituencies. We are trying to create a directory of web sites about either MPs or constituencies.

Some of these web sites are created by or for the MPs themselves, but some sites are created by external organisations. For example, both the BBC and the Guardian have a page of information about each MP. And then there are the very wonderful people at MySociety who build interesting and useful sites like TheyWorkForYou.

So that's what we've got for now. Type your postcode or a constituency name into the box on our front page and you'll get back a list of useful web links about your constituency and your MP. This list is in a state of flux - we'll be adding to it in the future.

The Political Web has been built by Dave Cross, who would love to hear from you if you find it useful.

Technical Stuff

The site is written using a standard LAMP software stack. The operating system is Linux (Centos, to be precise), the web server is Apache, the database is MySQL and the code is written in Perl using the Dancer framework (with a little bit of Javascript on the side).

The look of the site is created using Twitter Bootstrap together with the Readable theme from Bootswatch.

The code is licensed under the same terms as Perl itself (i.e. your choice of the Artistic Licence or the GPL). The code is available on Github.