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, whether they voted for them at the General Election or not. They are only able to deal with issues raised by people who live in their constituency, called constituents.
MPs split their time between working in Parliament and working in the constituency. In Parliament, MPs spend their time fighting for the interests of their constituents, along with other responsibilities. In the constituency, MPs hold advice surgeries for their constituents to come and talk to them about local issues and problems, attend meetings and community events, as well as visiting local organisations and businesses.
Nigel's position as Deputy Speaker makes his role different to that of other MPs. Nigel is one of three Deputies who support the Speaker in chairing debates and ensuring that all voices are heard within the Chamber.
As Deputy Speaker Nigel has better access to ministerial colleagues, which allows him to raise and solve constituent's problems, ensuring that the voice of the Ribble Valley is heard at the highest levels of Government.
When a constituent contacts their MP, they can write to the relevant department, official or the Minister involved. Many problems or concerns are raised and solved in this way.
Members of Parliament are able to help with all matters for which Parliament or central government is responsible -
Department for Business, Energy, Innovation and Skills http://www.beis.gov.uk/ Tel: 020 7215 5000
Responsible for Government policy on business, trade, enterprise, universities, further education and science.
Department for Culture, Media and Sport http://www.culture.gov.uk/ Tel: 020 7211 6000
Responsible for Government policy on culture, the arts, media, gambling, the national lottery and sport.
Department for Education http://www.education.gov.uk/ Tel: 0370 000 2288
Responsible for Government policy on children's services and education , including early years, schools, higher and further education policy, apprenticeship and wider skills in England.
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs http://www.defra.gov.uk/ Tel: 08459 33 55 77
Responsible for Government policy on the natural environment, food, farming, fisheries, animal health and welfare, rural communities and environmental protection.
Department for Transport http://www.dft.gov.uk/ Tel: 0300 330 3000
Responsible for Government policy on aviation, roads, rail and shipping
Department for Work and Pensions http://www.dwp.gov.uk/
Responsible for Government policy on welfare and pension policy, including pensions, the child support agency and job centres.
Department of Health and Social Care http://www.dh.gov.uk/ Tel: 020 7210 4850
Responsible for Government policy on Health and provides strategic leadership for public health, the NHS and social care in England.
Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office http: //www.fco.gov.uk/ Tel: 020 7008 1500
Responsible for Government policy on foreign affairs, development and diplomacy. The Foreign Office is also responsible for Consular services, travel advice and sanctions implemented by the UK.
HM Treasury http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/ Tel: 020 7270 5000
Responsible for Government policy on economics, finance and taxation
Home Office http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/ Tel: 020 7035 4745
Responsible for Government policy on crime, the police, counter terrorism, alcohol, drugs, immigration and passports.
Ministry of Defence http://www.mod.uk/ Tel: 020 7218 9000
Responsible for Government policy on all defence issues.
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government http://www.communities.gov.uk Tel: 0303 444 0000
Responsible for building regulations, community cohesion, decentralisation, fire services and resilience, housing, local government, planning, race equality, the Thames Gateway and urban regeneration.
Ministry of Justice http://www.justice.gov.uk/ Tel: 020 3334 3555
Responsible for Government policy on the Courts, the Probation Service and Prisons.
MPs do not have any jurisdiction over local Council decisions. However, they can write to a local Council and ask them to look into a problem or to reconsider an issue. In the first instance, constituents should contact their local Council or Councillor.