The ways in which elected representatives act on behalf of their constituents. Tori & Melissa MSP Derek Mackay in Constituency. Fact Finding Mission. Derek Mackay is member of the Scottish National Party and represents the Renfrewshire North & West constituency. He quotes “the qualities of an MSP is that they need an ability to listen and communicate, also positivity and honesty if they would like to be a successful MSP.” Surgeries. They are not as common for MSP’s as he says “80-90% of the time it’s through technology however when they do hold the surgeries they may discuss the health of the local hospital and may express a concern. Our local MSP may go to a neighbouring school to talk to the teachers about the curriculum of Liasing with MP’s and excellence and see if Councillors. they are concerned or An example some may go to feel under pressure. Derek Mackay about council housing this is not an issue that he usually deals with so he confides with the councillor of his constituency so they can discuss with the housing department to resolve the certain issue. MSP in Parliament. MSP’s represent their constituents in Parliament in many ways Voting such as voting, debates, It’s one of the main ways to represent committee work and first their constituents . In the Scottish ministers question time. Parliament you press and yes or no Debates button on a desk to which discussion or They will debate issues debate you agree with for example of concern to their when Derek voted yes to, Parliament constituents for should have the necessary job creating example, Hospital powers at its disposal to maximise Closures or prosed new opportunities for Scotland’s young road or crime levels. people.” This also concludes that this is another way to represent their constituents. Committee Work Various committees between 5 and 15 MSP’s conduct inquiries into matters of public concern. Such as the Finance Committee. For example Derek Mackay works in the finance committee, this is a way for people to get involved in different groups and share their ideas. MP Iain McKenzie in Constituency. Iain McKenzie is the newest MP in Westminster. He is part of the Scottish, sport leisure, cultural and European committees. He represents Inverclyde and supports the Labour party. Surgeries In surgeries they get many issues one of them being immigration, people don’t have a passport and their time is over so he tries to assist them. Also some discussions involve benefits they may have been issued the wrong benefits or none at all. Fact finding mission Iain most recently went to the B&Q headquarters to discuss and try to see if they would invest in Inverclyde and set up there, There was only a certain amount of jobs available so this would be a great advantage for Inverclyde. MP in Parliament Mps represent people in Westminster in a variety of ways. For example question time, debates, committee work and the 10 minute Debates rule.. Issues concerning the country at large will be discussed or debated at length. MPs’ can contribute to such debates, particularly if they are of direct concern to their constituency. Committee Work MPs can sit on a Select Committee which closely examines the work of a government Department. Group of 15-16 MSPs’ for example ‘ In Scottish Parliament education and health committees. Question Time Issues or concerns which have been brought to the attention of MPs and for which the government has responsibility and can be raised with the relevant government minister. To Conclude, Both MSPs and MPs do many things to help their constituencies they work long hours to ensure that their constituency Is becoming a better place for the people living their and representing them in a positive way as much as possible.