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Members of Parliament

What do MPs do

The UK public elects Members of Parliament (MPs) to represent their interests and concerns in the House of Commons.


How MPs are elected

During an election, everyone eligible to cast a vote in a constituency (constituents) selects one candidate to be their MP.


What your MP can do for you

MPs can assist their constituents in a variety of ways, from making private enquiries on your behalf, to raising matters publicly in the House of Commons.


Raising matters in the House of Commons

By raising an issue in the House of Commons, MPs can bring it to the attention of the press and public.


The party system

Nearly all MPs represent political parties. Members of the Lords are also organised on a party basis; however, Members of the Lords do not represent constituencies and many are not members of a political party.


MPs and Members of the House of Lords are expected to adhere to high standards in their public life.


Pay and expenses for MPs

Find out the current annual salary for an MP and the additional allowances they are entitled to.


All-Party Parliamentary Groups

All-Party Groups (APGs) are informal cross-party groups that have no official status within Parliament. They are essentially run by and for Members of the Commons and Lords.

Contact the House of Commons Enquiry Service

The House of Commons Enquiry Service provides information on the work, history and membership of the House of Commons.

  • Telephone: 0800 112 4272 (Freephone) or 020 7219 4272
  • Email:
  • Text relay: Dial 18001 followed by our full number

Our telephone enquiry service is open from 10am - 12 midday and 2pm - 4pm, Monday to Friday.


The House of Commons Enquiry Service produces a series of free guides which you can read online, download or order copies.

House of Commons on Twitter

Follow @HouseofCommons for updates on the UK House of Commons Chamber.

Virtual tours of Parliament

Virtual tours of Parliament

Parliament is developing a series of virtual tours. The first of these is a visit to the House of Commons Chamber and surrounding rooms. This tour uses Flash Player.