Constituency Work

MLAs are elected representatives. They take the views of their constituents into account when making laws and holding Executive Ministers to account. MLAs need to have regular contact with people in their constituency in order to hear those views. Every MLA has at least one office in their constituency, where they can meet people. On Fridays, there are no meetings in Parliament Buildings and MLAs get to spend dedicate the whole day to constituency work.

An MLA may set aside a particular time to hold a ‘surgery’ to help people resolve problems. They will contact the right people or organisations on behalf of constituents. MLAs also attend lots of events in the constituency. They will lobby Ministers to act on issues of concern in the constituency. As well as face-to-face meetings, MLAs communicate with constituents by letter, phone, email and social media.

MLAs are elected as members of political parties and represent the views of their party, as set out in the election manifesto. They will keep their party informed of the views of their constituents which may shape future manifestos.