hansard: Accessing Westminster Parliament Data

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An R package to automatically fetch data from the UK Parliament API. Ironically, Hansard data (as in speeches) is not yet accessible through the API. To explore all available data see http://www.data.parliament.uk/. Documentation for the API itself is available here.

Like the UK parliament API, this package is a work in progress. Additional functionalities will be added to the package as they are developed in the API. The most up-to-date documentation for this package will always be available at https://docs.evanodell.com/hansard/.

To install from CRAN run:


To install the development version run:


Using hansard

For an introduction to hansard, please see the vignette. If you are unfamiliar with web APIs this introductory course is useful.


This package is in no way officially related to or endorsed by the UK Parliamentary Data Service. It is released under an MIT license. Please note that this project is released with a Contributor Code of Conduct. By participating in this project you agree to abide by its terms.

Citing hansard

Odell E (2017). hansard: Provides Easy Downloading Capabilities for the UK Parliament API. doi: 10.5281/zenodo.591264, R package version 0.8.0, URL: https://cran.r-project.org/package=hansard.

A BibTeX entry for LaTeX users is

    title = {{hansard}: Provides Easy Downloading Capabilities for the UK Parliament API},
    author = {Evan Odell},
    note = {R package version 0.8.0},
    doi = {10.5281/zenodo.591264},
    url = {https://cran.r-project.org/package=hansard},