MPs represent people's concerns and interests in the House of Commons.
There will be
5% more MP jobs in 2023.
In your local area
You'd attend sessions in Parliament and:
Outside Parliament, you'll
You’ll need to be:
You’ll usually become established within a political party first.
Useful pre-entry experience can also come from being an MP's researcher or caseworker.
You'll need to be nominated by 10 parliamentary electors from the constituency you want to stand in. Everyone standing for election pays a £500 deposit.
If you’re not a member of a political party, you can put yourself up for election as an 'independent', You'd then need to be voted into the position of MP following a general election or local by-election.
Starter salary: £74,000
Experienced salary: £134,565 (Cabinet Minister)
You may receive more if you have extra responsibilities like chairing committees or being a cabinet minister.
You'll have an office at Parliament and in your constituency. You might need to travel around the UK. You'll usually work Monday to Friday. You may have to attend Parliament until 10:30 pm on some evenings, and parliamentary debates can continue through the night.
Many MPs live in London during the week and travel to their constituency on one of those days or at weekends. You can expect to spend more time in your constituency during Parliament's summer or other annual breaks.
General elections are held every 5 years, so it can take a long time to be elected MP.
With experience, you may get the opportunity to take on extra responsibilities like chairing committees and moving into more senior positions like party whip or even party leader.
If your political party is in power, you could go from junior minister to minister and then cabinet minister. If your party is in opposition, you could be a spokesperson on certain issues or have responsibilities in a shadow cabinet.
10 Steps into Politics
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