FAQs

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How does Parliament work? 

Parliament examines what the government is doing, makes new laws, holds the power to set taxes and debates the issues of the day. 

The House of Commons and House of Lords each play an important role in Parliament`s work. 

To find out more about Parliament and how it works click here

What does Tom do? 

The role of a Member of Parliament is three-fold: 1) to represent constituents in the House of Commons; 2) to hold the government of the day to account for its actions; and 3) to scrutinise and pass legislation in the House of Commons. 

I have been elected to represent the interests and concerns of the people of Rutherglen and Hamilton West in the House of Commons.

When Parliament is sitting I normally spend Monday to Thursday in the House of Commons where I am involved in making new laws, amending existing legislation and questioning government ministers about current issues. I recently sat on the Energy Bill committee, which scrutinised in minute detail the various measures introduced by the Bill, including the Green Deal. 

Friday-Sunday I am usually in the constituency, where I live, and use this opportunity to meet constituents, catch up with local businesses and organisations, and hold advice surgeries across the whole constituency. 

What issues can Tom help with? 

I can help my constituents with a wide range of reserved matters relating to social security, employment, the civil service, immigration and nationality and some aspects of energy and transport regulation. 

Members of the Scottish Parliament can help with devolved matters relating to education, health, crime, transport and the environment. 

To find out more about reserved and devolved matters please click here

Matters relating to housing allocation, schools, planning and social work are handled by local councillors. 

Who represents me? 

Find out who your MP is by clicking here

Find out who your MSP is by clicking here

Find out who your Councillor is by clicking here.

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