What is an MP?

An MP is a politician in the House of Commons at Westminster.

To become an MP you have to be a candidate in a constituency area and try to win the most votes at an election.

Your name will be on the ballot paper and people can pick to give you their vote if they want to.

The person with the most votes becomes the MP.

MPs come from special areas. These are called constituencies.

If you become an MP you have a constituency ‘seat’ in the parliament. 

The UK is split into 650 constituencies.

Scotland gets 59 seats.

Most MPs are part of a political party.

Some MPs are independent. This means they don’t have a political party.

All MPs represent their own views. They vote for what they agree with and what their parties support and what they think is best for people.

MPs can vote on laws and policies, and try to make and change laws.

MPs can ask questions and speak about their area and constituents.

MPs run an office in their constituency for people to go and see them for help or support.

Most MPs are in their constituencies on Fridays. They have staff to help them.

MPs also run offices at Westminster.

You can contact your MP in lots of way.

You can call on the phone or visit the constituency office. 

You can send a letter or an email.

Lots of MPs use social media.

Find out who your mp is by clicking here   

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