FAQs

    Here are some frequently asked questions from some of my constituents...

     

    How can I contact you?

    How can I receive regular updates from you?

    How can I read your responses and views on certain issues and campaigns?

    • I respond to every campaign I receive, and these responses can be viewed on my website under 'Policy Letters'. Campaigns range from matters surrounding environment to education. There are honestly a broad range of issues that I have views on and have responded to. Why not take a look -  https://www.heatonharris.com/policy-campaign-letters 

    How can I check on local news in and around Daventry?

    Can I follow you on social media?

    • Yes! I post regularly on social media. This includes: local news, what I am up to in parliament, some decent jokes and much more! Find me now - https://www.facebook.com/chhcalling/

    How can Chris be invited to an event? 

    • You can either send an invitation in the post or via email. It is important to include written information about the purpose and nature of the event so that Chris can consider it properly. 

    What is the role of an MP?

    • “What does an MP do?” is a question that is so often asked of us as Members of Parliament. The truth is there is much beyond the chamber which is often the only part of our work that makes it to the news. 
    • MPs have responsibilities to three main groups: their constituents, Parliament and their political party. 
    • MPs' responsibilities to their constituents primarily include helping and advising on problems including schooling, benefits, pensions, housing, tax and so on. Ultimately, MPs' main responsibility to their constituents centres on representing their concerns and acting as a figurehead for the local area. I try to engage with my constituents as much as possible, taking up cases where required and roaming around Daventry doing what I can to provide help to people who ask for it. Meeting businesses is also a key part of any Members constituency duties and to that end I regularly hold a business breakfast to get local business views on a range of issues.
    • Their duties in Parliament include participating in debates and voting on legislation. They may also be members of committees examining new laws or the work of government departments. Some have a role as a minister in government or a spokesperson in opposition.
    • Usually, MPs support their party by voting with its leadership in the House of Commons and acting as a representative for the party in their constituency. They have regular communication with their local political party and can often communicate local issues to the national party. 

    Can Chris help people who do not live in the constituency?

    • Although Chris would love to be able to assist every person who contacts him, strict parliamentary convention dictates that only a person’s own MP can make a representation on their behalf. This is to guarantee the appropriate use of the public funding MPs receive for their work helping their own constituents, the efficient allocation of work, and to avoid cross-party difficulties.
    • If you are unsure as to whether Chris is your MP, you can input your postcode into the 'Find your MP' tool on the homepage to find out. 

    Does Chris offer work experience?

    • Chris is more than happy to offer work experience to individuals who live in the constituency. It is a great opportunity to learn more about politics, particularly surrounding how parliament works and what goes on in an MP's office. Typically participants get involved in a variety of tasks, ranging from conducting research, attending All Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) and meetings with Chris, drafting and proof-reading letters and assisting with administrative tasks in the office. This is in addition to attending a tour of Parliament and sitting in debates in the House of Commons and House of Lords. 
    • We advise that individuals who are interested are aged 16 and above and have a demonstrable interest in politics- it is especially suitable for students studying A-Level Politics. This owes to the demands of the work that is set and to make the experience rewarding and enjoyable both for the participant and the office. 
    • For further information please contact the office. 

    Does Chris run surgeries?

    • Chris doesn't run surgeries per se, but is obviously more than happy to meet with constituents. Daventry is the second largest rural constituency in England in terms of geographic size and when Chris traditionally ran surgeries it was not massively accessible for people to attend, with constituents therefore often missing out on informative and meaningful discussion. What we ask for is a synopsis of the case in writing first, so that we can take an initial assessment of the case and make any appropriate representations. This allows for a more informed and productive discussion thereafter. Waiting for a meeting for which Chris is not equipped for will make the process slower, and without a written synopsis we risk misrepresenting your case to the relevant authorities.
    • We request that constituents remember to include their full postal address in their submission.

    How has Chris voted on key issues?

    School Visits

    • Chris thoroughly enjoys visiting schools in his constituency, and is more than happy to come and speak in assemblies and answer any questions pupils and staff may have about the role of an MP. 
    • Schools that are interested in inviting Chris to visit should contact the Parliamentary Education Centre. The Centre, which is situated at the North End of Victoria Tower Gardens, is a world-class education facility that inspires and connects young people with Parliament and democracy. You can call the centre on 0207 219 4496 (9am Monday - 5pm Friday) or write to them at the Education Service, Houses of Parliament, London SW1A 2TT.