How to become an MP
You can get into this job through:
- being elected by voters in the constituency you wish to represent
Most people show their commitment through campaigning and volunteering for their party.
You can get other useful experience from:
- serving as a local councillor
- being active in a trade union
- being involved in student politics
- working as a researcher or caseworker for an existing MP
You become a Member of Parliament (MP) by being elected in a by-election or general election. You can stand for election as a member of a political party or as an independent candidate.
Each political party has its own selection procedure. Normally, you must get the support of your party's nominating officer before you can become the prospective candidate.
As a candidate during an election, you'll be expected to campaign in public and online, attend meetings, make speeches and talk to the local media. You'll find it helpful to have some experience in one or more of these areas.
You'll need a good understanding of local and national issues, and be up to date with current affairs.
The Houses of Parliament offer the following schemes to get involved:
- The Parliamentary Academy Scheme
- Speaker's Parliamentary Placement Scheme
- The House of Commons Apprenticeship Scheme
- House of Lords Apprenticeship Scheme
- Undergraduate Sandwich Student Placements
There is more information on these schemes from Parliamentary work placement and Apprenticeship Programme.
You can get more advice about becoming an MP from UK Parliament.
You can find information about working for an MP from W4MP - Working for an MP.