Mastering Politics: What’s an MP?

7 November 2017

By Lauren E. White

For a lot of people, politics is a very confusing place. There are so many words to remember, so many parties and government positions and it’s not easy to know what it all means.

But there is no shame in not knowing. After all, it’s not like the news explains the definition of all of these things all of the time.

So, it’s best to start with the basics. What is an MP?

You’ll have heard the term ‘MP’ mentioned all of the time in politics. It stands for Member of Parliament, which is the job title of the person who represents the area in which you live in the House of Commons.

The area in which you live is called a constituency and you are a constituent. Your MP represents the area by taking complaints from people who live within it and, usually alongside staff in their office, will sort the problem out as best they can.

An MP’s time is often divided between their constituency and London, where the House of Commons is. In the House of Commons, your MP should speak in debates, hold the Prime Minister and members of the government to account and champion causes that matter to them and their constituents.

Here are some useful links for getting to know who your MP is and who they stand for:

  1. Find out what your constituency is and who your MP is by clicking here and entering your postcode.
  2. Search for your MP’s voting record (how they have voted in Parliament on bills/suggestions to pass new laws) by clicking here.
  3. Click here to write to your MP. Insert your postcode and then select your MP’s name and you can begin writing in a template designed by WriteToThem.

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