Every five years, the UK elects MPs to form a government. Chelmsford residents are represented by one of three MPs, as our local authority area overlaps with three different parliamentary constituencies:
Those MPs are:
MPs split their time between working in Parliament, working in their constituency and for their political party (if they are part of one). Some MPs from the governing party also become ministers with specific responsibilities, such as John Whittingdale, who is the Minister for Media and Data.
In Parliament, MPs consider and can propose new laws and sit on committees regarding particular issues. They can also raise issues that matter to you in the House. This includes asking government ministers questions about current concerns, including those which affect local constituents.
Across Chelmsford, MPs often hold a 'surgery' in their office, where local people can come along to discuss any matters that concern them. MPs also attend functions, visit schools and businesses and generally try to meet as many people as possible. You should be able to find out more details about what events your MP has planned on their websites.