Working in Parliament is a great way to influence and shape the policies that affect your area. You’d speak in Parliament to explain your local government’s policies and ask questions of government ministers about issues that are important to people in your area.
The UK is divided into 650 areas called constituencies and during general elections, everyone eligible to vote chooses a candidate for their MP. They then take on their responsibilities until the next election.
Working in UK politics is a fascinating and challenging job. You get to help shape the country’s policies and laws.
You’d be responsible for implementing and defending the Government’s policies in your own way, whether that means explaining them to your constituents or arguing in parliament. Your work can change significantly depending on the political issues in your country or within your party.
The UK government is made up of many different departments and agencies. These are responsible for putting government policy into practice and include a number of regulatory or inspection bodies such as the Charity Commission.
Departments are led by senior civil servants known as a permanent secretary. They are politically neutral and are in post even when there is a change of Government.
The UK government works under a system of laws and regulations. These laws determine what people can and cannot do. They also govern how the Government should behave.
The main law-making body is Parliament, which consists of 2 houses: the House of Commons and the House of Lords. These are elected in 650 constituencies around the country.