What is an MP?

In the UK, citizens elect other citizens to represent their views and make decisions about how the country should be governed. These people, MPs, gain their place in the House of Commons by winning an election in an area of the country called a constituency.
Members of Parliament are usually members of a Political Party and often must balance representing constituents, supporting the goals of their party and working on issues that are important to them personally. MP’s must also split their time between working in Westminster and their constituency.
Did you know? You can use the TheyWorkForYou.com and the Parliament.uk website to find out exactly how your MP has voted in debates.

This video from UK Parliament gives an insight into how you can find your MP.

Contacting your MP

You can contact your MP for a number of reasons such as; to ask them questions about their work/the work of government or parliament or lobby on behalf of causes close to your heart.

MPs are only able to help with matters for which Parliament and Central Government are responsible for. Your local council can sometimes be a more appropriate organisation to contact. Find out more about Local Councils here.

They are able to give help or advice and can even refer you to another politician who may be more knowledgable on the subject you are inquiring about.

Be patient! They are very busy people and usually have around 90,000 other constituents to look after.