why do we have MP's?

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First we need to know what an MP is.

MP's are members of parlement. The MPS is a statement of what the company expects to produce and purchase (i.e. quantity to be produced, staffing levels, dates, available to promise, projected balance). The MPS translates the customer demand (sales orders, PIR’s), into a build plan using planned orders in a true component scheduling environment. The UK public elects Members of Parliament (MPs) to represent their interests and concerns in the House of Commons. MPs consider and can propose new laws as well as raising issues that matter to you in the House. This includes asking government ministers questions about current issues including those which affect local constituents.MPs split their time between working in Parliament itself, working in the constituency that elected them and working for their political party.

Some MPs from the governing party (or parties) become government ministers with specific responsibilities in certain areas, such as Health or Defence. These MPs do not stop working for their constituency and, whatever their role in Government or Parliament, will still hold regular surgeries to help their constituents.In their constituency, MPs often hold a 'surgery' in their office, where local people can come along to discuss any matters that concern them.

MPs also attend functions, visit schools and businesses and generally try to meet as many people as possible. This gives MPs further insight and context into issues they may discuss when they return to Westminster.

Our MP is Michael Gove.

Why do you think we have MPS?

Comments (52)

  • tom Tom @ the BNC
    29 Jan 2020

    This is an excellent question and one that was posed to one of our experts, Dr. Emre Aytimur. Watch this space for his views!

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    1. Portobello-logo-250x250.jpg talented_clementine | Portobello High School
      Tom @ the BNC's comment 31 Jan 2020

      I think MP are bad because they sit on there butts all day, argue, and get payed for it, anyone can do it any time anywhere

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      1. CuddingtonCroft-logo-250x250.jpg fearless_cliff | Cuddington Croft Primary School
        talented_clementine's comment 13 Feb 2020

        I strongly disagree with you talented_clementine as MP's do argue all day, however they are representing their area in important discussions in parliament, ensuring they have a say, whether it is through voicing their view in parliament or simply voting. They are trying to ensure that everybody's views are taken into account when they are in parliament. Also, they ensure that it is not a dictatorship, as matters there aren't referendums for are voted for in parliament, so they are making sure the prime minister is not making all decisions and the people have a say too, through their local MP.

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  • Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg willing_literature | Upton Cross Primary School
    29 Jan 2020

    i like all the effort you done and the questions you done to the experts .I like your expert question .

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  • Hammond School logo determined_shrimp | Hammond Junior School B
    29 Jan 2020

    I think we should have MPs because.

    Firstly, without MPs, our country would end up becoming a dictatorship because, if we had no parliament with MPs to vote against the Prime Minister then the Prime Minister would have total control over the country until the next election. This would cause havoc, an example of this is that if there were no MPs, Boris Johnson would have suspended parliament in a crisis because of Brexit but courts and MPs turned it down. The Prime Minister would do the best for himself and not the country.

    Secondly, If we have a problem in the MPs constituency, you can tell them so they can sort it out and speak for you. So, for example, if there were bad parts of a road causing long queues on the road and you tell him, his action would be talking to the Highways Agency so they can fix the problem. Or, if you wrote to your MP about the Hong Kong crisis and told him your opinion and there was a debate on the topic then he would say what his constituents have told him because his job is to speak for his constituents.

    In addition to this, more people having ideas is better than 1 because everyone is different and the end result will be better than with 1 brain. If you were creating a rocket and you missed 1 important part as 1 person, someone might spot the mistake so it can be safer for the astronaut.

    However, debates in the House Of Commons takes a long time and in Brexit, there have been several delays because of MPs arguing and just saying no to every deal on the table and if the European Union hadn’t give another delay, then we would have had a no deal Brexit which no one wants because it will not give us the normal supply of food that grows in Spain and France.

    In conclusion to this, I think that it is generally better having MPs because the Prime Minister would go mad with power and do what they want and not what the country wants.

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      determined_shrimp's comment 30 Jan 2020

      Good reasoning shown, determined_shrimp. Well done!

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    2. Hammond School logo fantastic_mode | Hammond Junior School B
      determined_shrimp's comment 31 Jan 2020

      Really well done determined_shrimp for giving a very good reasoning and for getting a star!!

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    3. serious_meteor | Whyteleafe School A
      determined_shrimp's comment 31 Jan 2020

      i disagree because MPS have not done anything in my life and have not affected me in any shape or form so they are not really changing anything in my life. I have only just discovered about them recently .This shows that they have not mad and impact on my life, this shows that they are not really making a difference.

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      1. CuddingtonCroft-logo-250x250.jpg fearless_cliff | Cuddington Croft Primary School
        serious_meteor's comment 13 Feb 2020

        They might not effect you now however later on in life, they and their decisions will certainly effect you, especially when you are an adult. You must take into also consider that they have a very hard job sometimes as they have to make incredibly important decisions.

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    4. CuddingtonCroft-logo-250x250.jpg fearless_cliff | Cuddington Croft Primary School
      determined_shrimp's comment 13 Feb 2020

      Really good determined_shrimp. Really well done!

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  • Brompton Westbrook logo serious_signature | Brompton Westbrook Primary School
    29 Jan 2020

    We have pms to represent our country because they are specialists In there in what they do and to put in effort into what they do to represent the country in the best way possible. But right now there in my opinion are not doing a good job dealing with brexit an md that is something they as members of Parliament should work hard on
    THE END

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  • The-Farnley-logo-250x250.jpg good_papaya | The Farnley Academy
    29 Jan 2020

    You brought up some fantastic points in this. I think we need MP'S to be our voice in the houses of parliament, especially when making important decision.

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    1. Bruntcliffe-logo-250x250.jpg artistic_imagination | Bruntcliffe Academy
      good_papaya's comment 10 Feb 2020

      The UK should be able to make decisions by themselves without having a head judge.However we need a head judge to make the final decision so the country doesn't make the wrong decision.

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    2. Hammond School logo fantastic_mode | Hammond Junior School B
      good_papaya's comment 24 Feb 2020

      Does 'the end'mean the end of the world.

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  • Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg determined_heart | Upton Cross Primary School
    29 Jan 2020

    This is a great post I like how you explain what MP's are and how much effort you've put in to this post.👍

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  • Faringdon-logo-250x250.jpg careful_science | Faringdon Community College
    30 Jan 2020

    I really like this post! Next time take into mind to add your sources so we know where you got your information from.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School kind_dinosaur | Lyons Hall Primary School B
    30 Jan 2020

    If we didn’t have Democracy then our country would be communist. That means we would be run by one person like in China. This could lead to some of the things that are happening there but what would happen to our country? Would the uk split up? Would people go on strike to get back our country?

    In my opinion I think we should have Mp’s though they make mistakes there human and it would be better then communist.

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  • Arnhem-Wharf-logo-250x250.jpg stellar_lion | Arnhem Wharf Primary School
    30 Jan 2020

    I think we should have MP's because, like us they are all human and they are likely to make decisions similar to some peoples point of view. If there was a democratic vote for every issue in the country, it would take very long and use a lot of paper to come to a decision.

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  • upbeat_poem | Whyteleafe School B
    31 Jan 2020

    If MP's do something bad do they get punished or fired? When we vote do you have too?

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  • honest_nation | Whyteleafe School B
    31 Jan 2020

    i dont think we should have mps because they do wrong things and amke people unhappy most of the time

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  • alert_reindeer | Whyteleafe School A
    31 Jan 2020

    I don't think politicians can be too honest because a lot and i mean a lot of politicians lie when under pressure to make a good impression to the public and to

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  • trustful_owl | Whyteleafe School A
    31 Jan 2020

    We should have MP's because they make discussions about IMPORTANT things!

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  • Phoenix-logo-250x250.jpg willing_saxophone | Phoenix Primary School
    31 Jan 2020

    The MP'S Are very important because they help the Priminister and follow after the priminister like '' We will leave the EU'' Then the MP's reply back and want to add on further to their point and agree and dissagree

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  • Hillyfield School logo ingenious_dusk | Hillyfield Primary Academy
    03 Feb 2020

    we should have MP's because otherwise who would decide? the public? the royal family?

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  • Hammond School logo super_meerkat | Hammond Junior School B
    04 Feb 2020

    That was a lovely post fantastic mode and a great idea you did amazing good work

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  • Graveney-logo-250x250.jpg incredible_meerkat | Graveney School
    04 Feb 2020

    I think we should have MP as they help make decision and makes things straight with the Prime Minister. Without them we would be voting every second just for pity matters. Even though everyone thinks they are bad, irresponsible and don't do anything that helps the country. Well they are wrong. Most little things we don't realise, but as we get older the big seem small and small seem way big. Every day MPs suffer from mean posts but if they won't be here today, if they don't feel equal and respected, then nothing will end up well and we will lose hundreds of politicians. Joan Ryan, Anne Coffey, Angela Smith, Chris Leslie, Mike Gapes, Luciana Berger, Gavin Shuker and Chuka Umunna all announced their resignation . Ian Austin has now become the ninth MP to resign from the Labour Party. This is all because they were stressed,worried and ashamed. MPs have to attend sessions in the parliament, vote on news and debates. You also have talk about constituents concerns with other ministers.
    In conclusion, I think we have MPs to clear away problems we will face and to organize our lives so we can be free.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      incredible_meerkat's comment 05 Feb 2020

      Did these MPs resign from being MPs, or just resign from their party?

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  • The-Ruth-Gorse-logo-250x250.jpg balanced_singer | The Ruth Gorse Academy
    05 Feb 2020

    Members of Parliament have many different responsibilities to three main important groups. These are: their constituents; Parliament and their political party. Every one of the UK's 650 constituencies votes for one MP to have a seat in the houses of parliament. MPs’ have many different duties in Parliament some of them include participating in debates and voting on legislation and many other matters. Some MPs have a role as a minister in government or a spokesperson in opposition. They can help their constituents by representing problems the concerns of their area in Parliament and acting as a voice for the local area. Furthermore, an MP has a very busy schedule some of these things include spending Monday to Thursday in London. They also have a variety of skills to do their jobs. They speak in public, have good judgment, are responsible, reliable and are good listeners. In March 2005 when the house was debating the prevention of terrorism bill the sitting lasted for 32 hours. In January 1881, parliament once sat for 41 hours. This shows that MPs do a lot just to make our lives a lot better. Years ago only royalty ran the country, now anyone can become an MP. Ordinary people are now MPs and they did a variety of jobs. For example, some of them were teachers before. This means that they will know first hand what their constituency would want, because they would have experienced it first hand.

    I believe that we need MPs because we can't have so many different people coming into the house of parliament shouting about what they want. So we need MPs to represent us and our constituency. You need to think about it as if it's a student council. They are representatives, to pass what students want onto the teachers.
    I think some people don't agree with it because of their behaviour recently: abusive and offensive language. However, I think that people think this because we hard about what they do bad more instead of what they did well. Owing to the fact that the media aren't interested in all the calm stuff. They want juicy stories.

    Here is a source I used: https://www.parliament.uk/documents/commons-information-office/fymp/yaympenglish.pdf

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      balanced_singer's comment 06 Feb 2020

      Good open-mindedness. You have clearly thought carefully about what it takes to be a politician. Why do you think so many members of the public are sceptical of MPs' abilities?

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      1. Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg buzzing_atom | Birchwood C of E Primary School
        Olivia @ the BNC's comment 14 Feb 2020

        I think people are skeptical about MPs because they are often portrayed in the media as doing very little. The work that they do, such as holding meetings with their constituents, are never shown on the news. In contrast, when they mistakes the media reports it in depth and often exaggerates the situation. An example of this was when John Prescott punched a member of the public because they threw an egg at him. The media made jokes, criticized him and he was fortunate to keep his job. In my opinion, although he was wrong to react in that way, he was acting in self defense. In the media storm that followed the event, the work that MP had done was not mentioned or even thought of. The media was more interested in sensationalizing the situation in order to sell papers. The media can be used positively for holding leaders to account but they should show all the work that politicians do rather than just their mistakes.

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  • Ryecroft-logo-250x250.jpg magical_reality | Ryecroft Academy
    06 Feb 2020

    This is a very hard question to answer as we have them for different reasons. We have MPs to help us not argue and start war's. They help us to help make decisions and they make our world better.

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  • Ryecroft-logo-250x250.jpg magical_reality | Ryecroft Academy
    06 Feb 2020

    So many people from the public are sceptical about MP's abilities because their outcomes is not always the same as what the public wants.

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  • CuddingtonCroft-logo-250x250.jpg mindblowing_tree | Cuddington Croft Primary School
    06 Feb 2020

    I can't say MPs are good but with out them it would be chaos, because if no one gave a leader advice on how to do things then only one person would make all the choices. For example if the one leader said it was no school than would that actually benifit, we need education, we need people to say no don't say no school.
    So I think we should have MPs.

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg mindblowing_clarinet | Boutcher C of E Primary School B
    07 Feb 2020

    We need MP's because they make important decisions and even though we don't agree, their ideas are most the time for the best but if you are an MP you shouldn't think as yourself as higher then other peaple

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg humble_hummingbird | Boutcher C of E Primary School B
    07 Feb 2020

    we have MPs because they are controling every area in London.If there were no MPs most of our areas were chaos!
    The reason why we have MPs because they can protect our areas and not make the area chaos.If there was no MPs there will be no laws and there would be nobody to stop the crime.e.gA crimanal murdered a man.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School caring_tiger | Lyons Hall Primary School B
    10 Feb 2020

    I think we have MPs becuase they need to represent the people for our area, like if you want to speak to the government you should have your local MP fo talk to. Also we need MPs to run the government and to agree on things with others in the Houses Of Parliament like debates.

    caring_tiger 😁

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  • St Lukes logo emotional_fruit | St. Luke's C of E Primary School
    11 Feb 2020

    Members of Parliament have many different responsibilities to three main important groups. These are: their constituents; Parliament and their political party. Every one of the UK's 650 constituencies votes for one MP to have a seat in the houses of parliament. MPs’ have many different duties in Parliament some of them include participating in debates and voting on legislation and many other matters. Some MPs have a role as a minister in government or a spokesperson in opposition. They can help their constituents by representing problems the concerns of their area in Parliament and acting as a voice for the local area. Furthermore, an MP has a very busy schedule some of these things include spending Monday to Thursday in London. They also have a variety of skills to do their jobs. They speak in public, have good judgment, are responsible, reliable and are good listeners. In March 2005 when the house was debating the prevention of terrorism bill the sitting lasted for 32 hours. In January 1881, parliament once sat for 41 hours. This shows that MPs do a lot just to make our lives a lot better. Years ago only royalty ran the country, now anyone can become an MP. Ordinary people are now MPs and they did a variety of jobs. For example, some of them were teachers before. This means that they will know first hand what their constituency would want, because they would have experienced it first hand.

    I believe that we need MPs because we can't have so many different people coming into the house of parliament shouting about what they want. So we need MPs to represent us and our constituency. You need to think about it as if it's a student council. They are representatives, to pass what students want onto the teachers.
    I think some people don't agree with it because of their behaviour recently: abusive and offensive language. However, I think that people think this because we hard about what they do bad more instead of what they did well. Owing to the fact that the media aren't interested in all the calm stuff. They want juicy stories.

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    1. Harriet-Website_1000x1000.jpg Harriet Boland
      emotional_fruit's comment 12 Feb 2020

      Well done for justifying your arguments with evidence!

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  • St Lukes logo emotional_fruit | St. Luke's C of E Primary School
    11 Feb 2020

    I think we should have MPs because.

    Firstly, without MPs, our country would end up becoming a dictatorship because, if we had no parliament with MPs to vote against the Prime Minister then the Prime Minister would have total control over the country until the next election. This would cause havoc, an example of this is that if there were no MPs, Boris Johnson would have suspended parliament in a crisis because of Brexit but courts and MPs turned it down. The Prime Minister would do the best for himself and not the country.

    Secondly, If we have a problem in the MPs constituency, you can tell them so they can sort it out and speak for you. So, for example, if there were bad parts of a road causing long queues on the road and you tell him, his action would be talking to the Highways Agency so they can fix the problem. Or, if you wrote to your MP about the Hong Kong crisis and told him your opinion and there was a debate on the topic then he would say what his constituents have told him because his job is to speak for his constituents.

    In addition to this, more people having ideas is better than 1 because everyone is different and the end result will be better than with 1 brain. If you were creating a rocket and you missed 1 important part as 1 person, someone might spot the mistake so it can be safer for the astronaut.

    However, debates in the House Of Commons takes a long time and in Brexit, there have been several delays because of MPs arguing and just saying no to every deal on the table and if the European Union hadn’t give another delay, then we would have had a no deal Brexit which no one wants because it will not give us the normal supply of food that grows in Spain and France.

    In conclusion to this, I think that it is generally better having MPs because the Prime Minister would go mad with power and do what they want and not what the country wants.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School caring_tiger | Lyons Hall Primary School B
    12 Feb 2020

    I think we have MPs becuase they need to represent the people for our area, like if you want to speak to the government you should have your local MP fo talk to. Also we need MPs to run the government and to agree on things with others in the Houses Of Parliament like debates.

    caring_tiger 😁

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  • Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg compassionate_seal | Upton Cross Primary School
    12 Feb 2020

    I think that we should have mp's because they consider and can propose new laws as well as raising issues that matter to us from the House of Commons.Mp's also want to make the area they work in cleaner and healthier such as mayors which is responsinile for budget planning. They also make fun stuff for children and make stuff like cancer supports and activities in libraries.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School productive_hen | Lyons Hall Primary School B
    13 Feb 2020

    On one hand people think that the MPs are great at their job because they have many responsibilities that other people can’t do because they are to much work.But plus we have MPs because they make good decisions for our country that helps the world out and give good tips on how to do it.
    But other people think that they don’t make good decisions because sometimes they don’t do right thing sometimes they make bad decisions for the environment and the climate change they don’t talk much about that.However they make mistakes sometimes.

    But anyway here’s my opinion I think MPs are great because if there was no members of parliament with MPs to vote against the Prime Minister the Prime Minister would have total control over the country.

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  • Streatham-Wells-logo-250x250.jpg breathtaking_deer | Streatham Wells Primary School
    13 Feb 2020

    We have MPs because if we didn't the world would be chaos and even though you might not like the MP there job is still important to run the country.

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  • Streatham-Wells-logo-250x250.jpg authentic_significance | Streatham Wells Primary School
    13 Feb 2020

    I think we should have MP's because they help the country develop. They can make new laws and they take the public's decisions into account.They also help the public.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School warm_snow | Lyons Hall Primary School B
    14 Feb 2020

    I think we have MPs because they are important, such as working in the Houses of Parliament and they help the public. They also speak out to which is right and wrong for our country and decide with others. And that way that people think that is go for work in the house of paar

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  • Hammond School logo articulate_elephant | Hammond Junior School A
    15 Feb 2020

    I think we have MPs because they help make decisions about what is happening in our country, MPs are in political party's. In those parties there is a leader and that leader, if they win the general election, can be voted for Prime Minister (PM). But, MPs can make wrong decisions, they can also be mean and juvenile. To conclude we have MPs because they make important decisions in our country.

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  • Hammond School logo happy_politics | Hammond Junior School A
    16 Feb 2020

    I believe that we have MPs because without them, each borough would not be able to have a combined and detailed argument. Each person’s opinion is used in some way to help portray a message. It also helps to show what each borough believes, rather than judging it as a country.

    I do believe that things would still work without them - they are not necessary, but are a good addition to general equality.

    They can also incorporate their belief into what they say. Having more powerful people helps for a clear decision.

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  • Braiswick Primary School succinct_leaves | Braiswick Primary School
    20 Feb 2020

    We have MPs as they make important decisions for us and they are the only ones who are particularly good at it, like agreeing with other countries for the benefit of our country. If we didn't have them our world would be sent into chaos because people would be arguing all the time since nobody would agree on anything. They also have other responsibilities such as doing what is right for the country, not for them. In this comment, I will give more reasons explaining why I think we wouldn't be able to live without MPs.

    Without politicians, who would make the decisions and do their job? Would we? Because it isn't likely that normal people would want to become one because no one will. And even if some people would want to, they wouldn't be trained and there would be no one to train them as well. MPs are there to do the following jobs: to act in the nation’s interest, not their own, to act in their constituents’ beliefs where it doesn’t override their primary responsibility. They also have another responsibility if they belong to a political party: act in the interests of the party they are in, but this role isn’t as important as the other two. In short, MPs are very busy people, and, unlike us, they don’t have a lot of free time on their hands. That is why I think we should respect MPs more than we already do.

    Another reason for MPs is that showing our beliefs would be much harder because it would only be possible in general elections, which happen every five years. With MPs, we can more easily show what we think because if we want to say something we can go to them and if they think it is important they can talk about it in parliament, and then hopefully it will get to the prime minister, who can make a final decision on it. This is like when Greta Thumberg protested about climate change; it became a regular topic to talk about in parliament (the House of Lords and the House of Commons). If you make yourself known, then it can actually make a big change to the political system and how it is run, it’s just not many people have any disagreements with it, and they let politicians get on with it. If we didn’t have MPs, none of this would be possible because we would have nobody to go to if we wanted to raise an important question.

    MPs are very useful people, but not a lot of people know how they work, and how easy it is to express your opinion by using them. If everyone knew you could easily go to a MP and say something that you think is a first world problem, then a lot of people would considering there are lots of problems in our world.

    Website(s) I used:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Member_of_Parliament_(United_Kingdom)

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      succinct_leaves's comment 20 Feb 2020

      A very well argued case. There's some good answers on this from our experts - including Emre Aytimur and Jon Ungoed-Thomas. You can find their answers under Editors' Picks!

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