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
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
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