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OU on the BBC: Inside the Commons - Episode 1

Updated Thursday, 29th January 2015

What has the opening episode of Inside the Commons got in store for us? 

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View from Inside the Commons Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: BBC Sir Robert Rogers In the opening episode of Inside the Commons, the cameras follow two relatively new female MPs - Charlotte Leslie and Sarah Champion - learning the ways of the House.

We also hear from those at the top of political tree including David Cameron and Ed Miliband, who reveal what happens at Prime Minister's Questions (which our exclusive video covers below), and we also see behind the scenes on budget day.

We meet a maintenance team abseiling down the face of Big Ben and the gospel-singing tea lady Gladys who works in the members' tea room. We also follow the Commons' most powerful official, the clerk of the house Sir Robert Rogers, whose job is to keep the whole show on the road.

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