The Role of an MP
MPs have responsibilities to three main groups: their constituents, Parliament and their political party.
One MP is elected to the House of Commons by each of the UK’s 600+ constituencies. MPs’ duties in Parliament include participating in debates and voting on legislation and other matters. They may also be members of committees examining new laws or the work of government departments. Some have a role as a minister in government or a spokesperson in opposition.
MPs can help their constituents by advising on problems (particularly those that arise from the work of government departments), representing the concerns of their constituents in Parliament and acting as a figurehead for the local area.
MPs usually support their party by voting with its leadership in the House of Commons and acting as a representative for the party in their constituency.
You should always raise your problem with your own local MP rather than any other. There is one MP for each constituency and they are there to represent the interests of all their constituents, not just the people who voted for them.
There are a number of ways an MP may be able to help you. They can simply provide advice or can write letters on your behalf to officials or Ministers. They may, on your behalf, be able to refer a case of maladministration to the Parliamentary Ombudsman.
If appropriate, your MP can choose to raise your case in the House of Commons through a parliamentary question, in an adjournment debate or in an early day motion. MPs can also present petitions on behalf of constituents
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