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Role of a Member of Parliament

Represent constituents
Split time between being in the constituency and in the Westminster
Take part in debates
Ask question of Ministers
Help to scrutinise legislation and vote for legislation
Fix local problem
(In Parliament) Make laws

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Constituency

The area represented by an MP

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How many MPs in House of Commons

650

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How many voters in a constituency

68,175

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Turnout

The number of people attending or taking part in an election

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Electorate

All those registered to vote

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How often are general elections held?

Every 5 years

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Safe seat

A legislative seat that is likely to retained with a large majority in an election

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Marginal seat (Swing seat)

A constituency held with a small majority in a legislation election

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Floating voter (Swing voter)

A voter who may not be associated with a particular political party (independent) of who will vote across party lines

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Manifesto

A published statement of the aims and policies of a political party

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Canvassing

When people try to persuade others to vote for their party in an election

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By election

Take place when a seat in the House of Commons becomes vacant between general election

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How much is the deposit that has to be paid if you wish to stand as a candidate in a general election?

£500 and a nomination form

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2 Reason why a by-election might be held

1) To take up a job which by law cannot be done by a MP e.g The judicial system
2) A MP has died