The Main Role of Backbench Mps Is to Support or Oppose the Government in the House of Commons

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Backbench MPs, those whom are elected to parliament but not in Government, cabinet or shadow cabinet, are all elected by their constituents, Those who vote for the MP within his/her constituency, and are expected to represent them under our representative democracy we have in the UK, but the constituents no aren’t first priority. There are three models that MPs may follow the first and what in recent years has taken precedence for the ministers is the Mandate model. In this model the MP is expected to do as his party says and support all plans his/her party has. This may or may not be an issue, many of the electorate now vote simply for the party not the person and the majority won’t even know their MPs name, they may read the party manifesto and decide to vote for they party and through this model that means that the MP will support all points within the manifesto and so the public don’t need to know about the MP. So why are the MPs following this and acting as a sheep? All parties expect party loyalty from their members and if the MPs rebel or speak out against the party they may decide to send out the party whip to ensure they will follow what they want and if that doesn’t work they may de-select them for the election thus giving the MP zero chance of gaining election as there are only 2 independent MPs elected, both ways showing the party discipline expected from the backbenchers. The MPs can also simply think about themselves and follow all party orders and support all bills in order to further their political careers by gaining promotion and the chance to be selected as the representative in a constituency. So with this model the MPs main role will be to follow their party in supporting or opposing the government over the representation of their constituents. The second model is the delegate model which in our representative democracy the MPs should follow.
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