According to a new poll from the Institute for Government (IfG), MPs are felt to be much more interested in scoring points and getting re-elected than representing their local area.
While this could be true for some, our experience of Big Local suggests that there are many MPs who want to engage positively with their constituencies, and welcome opportunities to do so when asked.
It can take time to build relationships, but there are many ways that MPs can represent, champion and support residents within their constituencies, as well as within Westminster. From helping to publicise resident led campaigns and projects, to working together to tackle local issues.
The poor perception of MPs is not new, but it's unlikely to change without some shared responsibility for making it better.
“One of the obvious places our MPs in Westminster can connect with the people they represent – and narrow this gap – is in their constituencies. But our polling suggests people don’t feel politicians prioritise this part of their role. “In fact, only 11% of people actually think politicians prioritise representing their local area – compared to the 47% of people who think they prioritise scoring points against each other.”