To know what an MP is and does To understand how MPs are elected To be able to say what attributes make a good MP
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People wishing to stand as an MP must be over 18 years of age, be a British citizen or citizen of a Commonwealth country or the Republic of Ireland Candidates must be nominated by ten parliamentary electors of the constituency they wish to stand in. Authorisation is required to stand for a specific party, otherwise candidates will be described as independent or have no description. In order to encourage only serious candidates to stand, a £500 deposit is required when submitting the nomination papers - returned if the candidate receives over five per cent of the total votes cast
Introduce own legislation and vote on new laws Secure investment for constituency eg to save a building or hospital. Work on a committee May become a minister of a certain area such as health or defence Sit in Parliament and raise issue affecting their area MPs often hold a “surgery” They try to meet as many people as possible.
Their party – have to support parties views Their constituency – the people that have elected them The nation – have an obligation to the whole country Themselves and their own interests – will have own ideas and preferences.