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The Role of Members of Parliament
Members of Parliament (MPs) like Alan Mak MP are elected by residents in their constituency to represent them in House of Commons. MPs are national legislators as well as constituency representatives. Alan Mak MP is proud to represent and serve all the residents of the Havant constituency, whether they voted for them at the General Election or not.
Alan Mak MP is proud to represent Havant’s interests in Parliament. He does not represent Parliament’s interests in Havant.
In Parliament, MPs have 3 main roles, in no particular order: (1) Consider and vote new laws; (2) Hold the government to account, for example by asking written/verbal questions, and setting on committees that scrutinise law or question Ministers; (3) represent the interests and concerns of their constituents, in areas for which the Westminster Parliament is responsible.
MPs all split their time between working in Parliament itself, and working in the constituency that elected them (in Alan's case, Havant) and working for their political party.
Working for Havant in Parliament
When Parliament is sitting (meeting), MPs should be present, working in the House of Commons. This work can involve speaking in the Chamber, sitting on a Committee examining laws or questioning Ministers, meeting constituents or interest groups, and advancing the interests of their constituents.
Working for Havant locally in the constituency
In their constituency, MPs and their staff help local residents with issues and problems which the Westminster Parliament has jurisdiction over; attend meetings and community events, visit schools and businesses and act as an ambassador for the constituency. This gives MPs further insight and context into issues they may discuss when they return to Westminster.
Three Important Parliamentary rules/principles that Havant constituents should be aware of
Constituents should be aware of three important Parliamentary rules/principles that affect the work of all MPs, including Alan Mak MP:
1. MPs are only able to deal with issues raised by people who live in their own constituency. They cannot act for residents of other constituencies. Click here to check if Alan Mak is your MP and whether you live in his constituency. If you do not live in Alan's constituency, you should contact you own MP.
2. MPs are only able to help with matters for which the Westminster Parliament or central government is responsible. Click here for a list of central government departments, together with their contact details (e.g. HM Treasury, Department for Work and Pensions).
MPs like Alan Mak do NOT run the local borough or county council, which are run by democratically-elected councillors and have substantial powers in their own right. Click here for a non-exhaustive overview of the division of responsibilities between the MP (Alan Mak) and Havant Borough & Hampshire County councillors.
MPs like Alan Mak do not have any jurisdiction over decisions made by Havant Borough Council or Hampshire County Council. However, they can write to either/both Councils and ask them to look into a problem or to re-consider an issue. In the first instance, constituents should contact the relevant Councillor. Click here to find out who your local councillors are, based on where you live.
3. MPs and their staff have limited time & resources, and priority is given to helping constituents who have specific and personal problems where the MP may be able to assist, and working on strategic projects that help everyone in Havant.
Alan Mak MP has a small team to assist him in Westminster and Havant, and Alan himself focuses on serving Havant's residents. They all have limited time and resources, and those will be directed at helping constituents who have specific and personal problems, as well as advancing strategic "big picture" projects that help Havant focused on Alan's key priorities: a strong local economy, successful local schools, and vibrant communities across the Havant constituency.
This takes priority over responding to "click and send" standard-form, computer-generated campaign e-mails, which Alan will read, but not be able to respond individually to.
Local Planning and Development Decisions & Issues
Alan Mak MP has no power over - and does not get involved with - individual local planning or development decisions, including applications for planning permission and appeals.
Havant Borough Council is resposible for this area of law and policy, and you can find out more/contact the planning committee by clicking here.