Knowing who your local MP is can help you get more involved in your community, and give you the opportunity to speak up about different issues. In these activities you will practise listening to advice on finding out who the MP for your local area is, how to find out about your MP and ways of contacting them.
▶Task 1 - listening comprehension
▶Task 2 - putting instructions in order
Hi, my name is Anna and I’ve just moved to a new area and I’d like to find out who my MP is. So the first thing I’m going to go to is direct.gov.uk. Here if I type into the search bar ‘find my MP’ another link will come up, click on that and another link saying ‘find your MP’. In the search bar I can enter my post code and there’s my MP’s name. Miss Emily Thornberry, Labour Party for Islington South and Finsbury.
Another way of doing this is actually going straight to the part of the government’s official website which is parliament.uk. On here is another way of accessing the same information. If you click on ‘MPs, Lords and offices’ - and there’s two options here - either to put in your postcode, as I did before, or I can go to the A-Z list of MPs. If you scroll down on that list you can find your MP, so I find Miss Emily Thornberry and I can either email her, head to her website or I click on a bio of her, which will tell me her electoral history, her career beforehand and her interests.
Another way of finding and getting her website is just using a regular search engine and typing in the name of your MP, clicking search and her website has come up for me.
Another means of actually getting in contact with your MP is using the website writetothem.com and this website you type once again in your postcode, press search and I can write to my counsellors, London Assembly members and my Member of Parliament, Emily Thornberry. Clicking on that link takes me to a page where I can put in my name, address and write a message to her. Now, I’m going to write to her about the recycling policy in my area, because I have just moved to the area and I’m not sure what opportunities are available.
Nowadays, a lot of MPs are going on to the social networking site Twitter so I can have a look to see whether my MP is active on Twitter. To do so I need to sign in as my own account and then I click on find people, type in the name of my MP, click search and unfortunately she’s not, but yours might be and it is becoming increasingly popular for MPs to keep in touch with their public through Twitter.
You might also find that your MP writes a blog which also gives information on their views and on the actual work that they are doing, so another way of keeping in touch with them is to follow their blog feed. To do this you’ll need to use a blog reader. There are many available and then you just download their newsfeed so that it regularly updates you with their news.
And that is how you find out about your MP in your local area.
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Why not try to find out about your local MP? Use the information in the film to help you.
Think about the following questions:
- Who is my local MP?
- How can I learn more about them and their views/ policies?
- How can I contact them?
The following links were mentioned in the film and may help you with your research:
Knowing more about your local MP and how you can contact them is important if you are interested in your local area. Leave a comment below to let us know how you got on.