It is impossible to accurately describe the weekly schedule of an MP because no two MPs choose to do their job in exactly the same way.
All MPs divide their time between the area they represent (“the constituency”) and Parliament, which sits in the Palace of Westminster in London.
In the constituency an MP will try to help anyone with a problem and it does not matter how that constituent voted at a general election.
So, everyone in a constituency can contact their own MP to discuss individual problems affecting them, or about any matter where the constituent has an opinion that he or she wishes to convey to their MP.
This can be done by e-mail, letter, phone call, or by attending the MP’s advice bureau. Contact by e-mail is obviously the quickest and most convenient for many. Greg’s advice bureaux are held around the constituency in indoor heated, seated, accomodation and are not subject to cancellation because of bad weather outdoors.
Some issues, like housing or planning, are the responsibility of the local council and not Parliament. In these cases, the first point of contact should be with your local councillor and not your MP. Greg is NOT a member of the East Riding of Yorkshire Council,
Due to Parliamentary rules, an MP cannot make representations for people who do not live in the MPs area (constituency). To find out if you live in Greg’s constituency click here.
At Westminster, it is the job of an MP to seek to hold the government of the day to account. So a Member of Parliament must decide whether to support or oppose government business on a particular issue, or whether to try to persuade the government to change its mind. MPs also have an opportunity to change the law themselves. Greg managed to do this in 2011 with his Estates of Deceased Persons (Forfeiture Rule and Law of Succession) Act.
At Westminster, he regularly brings issues of concern to East Yorkshire to the attention of Ministers.
He has served as a senior Government Whip and between 2005 and 2012 he chaired the influential Procedure Select Committee, which looks at the practices and procedures of Parliament.
As a backbencher, amongst his legislative achievements are the doubling of ‘drinking up time’ in pubs to 20 minutes and, more recently, the Estates of Deceased Persons Act, which he put on the statute book in 2011.