Members of Parliament are elected to the House of Commons to represent the interests and concerns of all the people who live in their constituency.
We are only able to deal with issues raised by people who live in our own constituency. To check if you are one of my constituents, please enter your postcode here.
As an MP, I spend the majority of my time working in Parliament at Westminster, where I consider, scrutinise and vote on proposed new laws, and ask Government ministers questions about the work being done by their department or topical issues. You can find out more about my work in Parliament here.
In the constituency, I visit local organisations and businesses as well as attending meetings and community events. You can read details here.
I have a small team of staff to assist me, working in both Westminster and Aylesbury.
What’s the difference between an MP and a Councillor?
MPs and local councillors have very different roles. MPs are not ‘senior’ to councillors, so while I can forward a query or ask for an explanation about a decision, I cannot overrule a council decision or tell the council what to do.
Councils are responsible for:
- Local roads and potholes
- Rubbish collection and recycling
- Schools including school places, SEND and EHCPs.
- Social care
- Environmental Health
If your query is the responsibility of a councillor, you can find out who to contact here.
What happens if you write to me?
- You will receive an automatic reply to acknowledge receipt of your email, please read this carefully and make sure you have included the required information, especially your full postal address.
- You will receive a further email to let you know how your query is being handled. This should usually arrive within five working days.
- One of my team may contact you to find out more details about the matter you have raised.
- I will then write to the relevant department, official or minister involved. Most queries are resolved in this way. Government departments can take twenty working days to reply to me; you will be kept updated on the progress of your enquiry by a member of my team.
- If your enquiry is not the responsibility of the government, I will forward your email to the appropriate organisation for a response. If the issue you raise with me is the responsibility of the council, I will forward your letter to the appropriate councillor or official for a reply.
- I also hold surgeries for constituents where they can raise issues with me directly. Because there can be a long waiting list for these, one of my team will usually try to resolve your problem prior to a meeting to ensure you receive help as quickly as possible.