What is an MP?

In this video we look at the role and functions of elected representatives, who represent us in Parliament. This video is part of our Civics Academy Election Series which explores different aspects of elections, and why they are a central feature of democracy.

In a democracy, voters elect members of Parliament, called ‘MPs’, to represent their interests. MPs have only temporary mandates and are accountable to voters. Voters do not have to re-elect them and the parties they might belong to, if they do not deliver on their promises.

Most MPs belong to a political party and represent their party in Parliament.  MPs that do not belong to a political party and are elected as individuals in their own right are called ‘independents’.

MPs are primarily responsible for ensuring that the work of Parliament is done. They should ensure that Parliament provides a forum for debating important national issues, passing laws, and holding the executive branch of government accountable.

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What is an MP?
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