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Member of Parliament

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People of a constituency (a particular area) elect members of parliament to represent them in that parliament. Most members of parliament are members of a political party, but a few are independent.

The Work

There are 2 different parliaments. You could be a:

There is also the European Parliament in which the UK currently has representatives. However, this will change when the UK leaves the EU in 2019. The UK will no longer have Members of the European Parliament.

In any case, you could be:

Pay

Current salaries for MPs are as follows:

You would get an extra payment if you had a special responsibility, such as being a party 'whip'.

You also get payments for certain staff and office costs and expenses.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
1126
1.2 %
RISE
2023
1140
  United Kingdom
2018
8532
0.5 %
FALL
2023
8490

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What Does it Take?

You should be:

You should have:

Training

Most parties run training courses on subjects such as election law and procedures, public speaking and personal presentation.

Getting On

More Information

Each parliament deals with different issues. These are summarised below.

The Scottish Parliament passes laws on domestic matters including health, education, housing, transport, local government, justice, agriculture and fisheries, the environment and economic development.

The UK Parliament passes laws on matters such as defence, taxation, welfare benefits, energy and immigration, as well as domestic affairs for England and sometimes Wales. It also has responsibility for UK foreign policy.

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Scottish Conservatives
Tel: 0131 524 0030
Website: http://www.scottishconservatives.com
Twitter: @ScotTories
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ScottishConservatives

Scottish Green Party
Tel: 08700 772 207
Website: https://greens.scot
Twitter: @scotgp
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ScottishGreens

Scottish Labour Party
Tel: 0141 572 6900
E-mail: scotland@labour.org.uk
Website: http://www.scottishlabour.org.uk/
Twitter: @scottishlabour
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ScottishLabourParty/

Scottish Liberal Democrats
Website: http://www.scotlibdems.org.uk/
Twitter: @scotlibdems

Scottish National Party (SNP)
Tel: 0800 633 5432
E-mail: info@snp.org
Website: http://www.snp.org/
Twitter: @theSNP
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theSNP

Scottish Parliament
Tel: 0800 092 7500
Minicom / Textphone: 0800 092 7100
E-mail: info@parliament.scot
Website: http://www.parliament.scot
Twitter: @ScotParl
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/scottishparliament

UK Independence Party (UKIP) Scotland
Website: http://www.ukip.scot
Twitter: @UKIP_Scotland
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UKIPInScotland/

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