The Good MP: Four Qualities of a Great Representative

It’s always a hard time to choose the people who will represent you. Do they really have the best interests of the territory at heart? How do you know that they will work tirelessly for you? These are only some of the good questions you can ask before you choose a name from the list of candidates.

Before voting, you can always look at these key indicators:


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A Proven Time at Service

There are people who say that they are ready to serve and there are those who have really served. Take a look at a person’s achievements and you’ll have a pretty good idea of what they are like when they serve the people.


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A Great Adviser when Approached

MPs are elected to serve the people. Your ideal candidate will have served people effectively at some capacity—whether as mayor of a town or overseer in an office. You can try to see whether they’ve a proven record of solving problems effectively and efficiently by looking at their backgrounds.


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Loyalty to the Cause

Your potential MP will belong to a party at some point. Take a look at his background with the party and learn whether he was loyal at some point—or if he managed to vote against an issue that wasn’t well. His belief in the good points of your preferred party is a good thing to note too.


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A Review of their Platform

While loyalty to the party and its beliefs is important, your ideal MP should have a list of his or her own policies. Review these policies thoroughly, if you can. It will tell you whether your interests are at the core of the MPs service.

Running for parliament is no joke. Aside from making laws, the people expect their MPs to serve their best interests and be as pure as they can. Support your MPs by believing in the cause their party serves, or call them out when they err in their service.


Respecting the Room: Five Things not to do When in Parliament

Parliament is no different from your everyday office. Once you vote a minister in the parliament to office, he or she is respected to act as a duly sworn-in representative of the public. They are expected to behave, dress, and speak accordingly.

The Simple Rules

Being a duly elected representative of the people, MPs should be a cut above the rest. If they are in Parliament, therefore, they are expected to:


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Not Vote in Secret

A certain transparency is required when you serve in Parliament. Although MPs do have the option to cast votes on certain issues in secret—such as the Brexit vote, in the UK Parliament’s example—a vote made with full knowledge of the people is preferred.


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Polite to the Speaker

No one can resist the small talk, not even in Parliament. However, politicians are only required to acknowledge speaking to the Speaker of the House. It is only polite—after all, they are in the House to do their jobs.


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Make Firm Decisions

Such as in cases of the Brexit in the UK, MPs should be ready to make the big decisions. Some of these decisions, even if unpopular, should be made, if it serves the greater interest of the people in the long run.


Call Anyone Names

Have you seen representatives in other countries result to fisticuffs over certain issues? That’s what happens when the insults get on a personal level. In Parliament, no MP is ever given the green light to do that.


Be Casually Dressed

It might be a lighter requirement, but MPs are never allowed to be in their casual when in the Parliament. Dressing appropriately can be seen as a sign of respect to the House. Therefore, only business formal suits are allowed.


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The Big Issues

When your MP is deciding on the big issues, isn’t it a good thing if you see him or her dressed and acting as required for it? MPs are expected to be models of law and obedience to it. Therefore, they can only act in accordance with the law.