Your MP works for you
Your elected MP will act as your representative in parliament for the next five years (unless another general election is called before 2022). So it’s important you know who your MP is and how they could help you and your family.
Who is your MP?
MPs (Members of Parliament) are representatives of political parties who have been elected by people like you to represent the area in which they live – called a constituency. 650 MPs form the House of Commons. Whoever wins a majority of seats in the House of Commons is instructed by the Head of State (the Queen) to form a government. The Government’s leader is the Prime Minister.
If you’re not sure who your MP is then type your postcode into this tool to find out. You can also find out their email address and social media channels to connect them.
MPs vote in parliament on legislation that affects all our lives – from benefits to NHS funding. Type your postcode into this tool to find out how your MP has voted. If you live in Wales, you will also have an elected Assembly Member (AM) who represents you. Assembly Members are democratically elected members of the National Assembly of Wales. Their role is to represent Wales and its’ people, make laws for Wales and hold the Welsh government to account. Find out more about Assembly Members and the National Assembly of Wales. The advice provided below is also applicable for Assembly Members.
Why does this matter?
Your MP can help with a range of issues affecting you and your family. They might be able to write to your local council or raise an issue confidentially with a relevant government department. MPs can also raise awareness of the views, interests and concerns of their constituents’ in parliament. They can do this by, for example, asking questions at Prime Ministers Questions, writing letters to government ministers on behalf of their constituents and using their national profile to actively campaign.
MPs can also help by supporting local events, businesses or meetings – you just need to invite them and give them enough notice. Local media are often interested in MPs’ activities so if your MP is coming along to an event or meeting and you wanted to raise more awareness about it, don’t forget to contact your local paper to tell them.
Key issues for single parent families
Unfortunately, MPs cannot ‘fix’ problems, but sometimes they can help make the situation better. In most of the cases below, MPs are not responsible for the problem – however, a letter from them can often cut through the bureaucracy and make change happen. Find out which issues your MP can help with.