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How MSP s represents their constituents in parliament. MSP s. The role of an MSP is something that we covered in S3. Think back to the task where you completed the diary on a day in the life of an MSP. Watch this short clip to remind you about their responsibilities and how they represent you;

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How msp s represents their constituents in parliament

How MSPs represents their constituents in parliament


Msp s

MSPs

  • The role of an MSP is something that we covered in S3. Think back to the task where you completed the diary on a day in the life of an MSP. Watch this short clip to remind you about their responsibilities and how they represent you;

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  • Outside parliament, they can for example attend meetings and surgeries

  • Write and respond to correspondence

  • Lobby (try to persuade) important decision takers


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Msps

  • Voters in Scotland have eight potential MSPs (one constituency and seven from the regional list) they can contact regarding any of the devolved powers

  • MSPs can represent voters over less local issues such as the health service, the environment and farming but can also act on behalf of their electors in a number of other ways:

  • writing to or meeting with a relevant Cabinet Secretary or Minister

  • speaking in Parliament during debates

  • asking questions during First Minister's Questions (FMQs)

  • introducing Members Bills on topics of concern to their constituents

  • lobbying other organisations (such as local councils, health boards) and individuals on behalf of their constituents

  • raising the profile of an issue in the media


How msp s represents their constituents in parliament

  • Surgery – These are held throughout the constituency during the month in well known locations (communtiy centres etc)

  • Visiting schools and finding out young people’s issues

  • Roaming surgeries – This is where they will go door to door

  • Use of social media – Twitter, facebooketc

  • Emails and letters


Work of an msp

Work of an MSP

  • MSPs work in their local areas on a Monday and a Friday

  • There they might respond to emails, visit schools and meet with the local councillor amongst other things

  • They work in the parliament on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

  • There they will work in committees and also the debating chamber


Committees

Committees

  • MSP’s join these to research and debate issues in more detail

  • They can be on subjects such as education, health and justice

  • Committees are where a lot of the parliaments work is carried out


Debating chamber

Debating Chamber

  • Ask questions to members of the government including the First Minister

  • Debate proposed bills (ideas for laws)

  • Vote on issues

  • Suggest amendments (changes) to laws

  • Put forward motions (ideas) to be debated


Question

Question

  • Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) represent their constituents in the Scottish Parliament.

  • Describe, in detail, the ways in which MSPs can represent their constituents in Holyrood. 4marks

  • Remember the key to an excellent pass is to PointExplainExample

  • Alternatively you can create a spider diagram highlighting 5 roles of an MSP.


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