HighLifeNorth – Friday Interview
Can you explain the role of an MP?
The job of an MP is to represent the people of their constituency and it is very much up to the individual how they do that. I spend Monday to Thursday in Westminster representing Newcastle and the people of the North East. I raise concerns, promote what is important to us and ensure that we are represented in decisions so that the region benefits.
On Fridays and at weekends, I spend a lot of time out in our local communities to understand people’s problems or issues and help to solve these where I can. My last surgery saw issues raised such as leasehold reform, anti-social behaviour, benefits, war veteran support – sorting out people’s problems is a very important part of the job of an MP – it’s being instrumental in solving something that affects people personally.