Members of Parliament (MPs) are elected to the House of Commons at a Parliamentary General Election.
A general election has to take place within five years of the last general election, which was held on 6 May 2010. However, the government may call a general election at any time during that five year period.
The political party with the majority of seats in the House of Commons forms the government. Political parties in the minority form the opposition.
For electoral purposes the United Kingdom is divided into 650 constituencies.
Salford has two constituencies - Worsley and Eccles South and Salford and Eccles. Both seats are currently held by Labour. Please note: Kersal and Broughton wards will come under the jurisdiction of Manchester City Council in Blackley and Broughton Borough Constituency, which is also currently held by Labour.
Worsley and Eccles South Parliamentary Constituency
Salford and Eccles Parliamentary Constituency
Blackley and Broughton Parliamentary Constituency
Contacting your MP
The best way to contact your MP is to write to him or her at the House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA. All MPs have Westminster offices and will make arrangements for their mail to be dealt with or redirected when they are away from London, so it is much better to write to them there than in their constituency office or at their home address.
Writing a letter about a problem, rather than telephoning, is a good idea as you can explain things clearly and your MP will have the written details of your case which he or she may find it useful to refer to later.
You can telephone your MP's office at the House of Commons by telephoning the switchboard (0207 219 3000) and asking to be connected to the appropriate MP's office. It is worth remembering that the members' staff are likely to be very busy and may work in a large noisy office so it may not be easy for them to note down complicated and lengthy information. For this reason, again it may be better to write.
It is also sometimes possible to contact your MP by telephoning his or her local constituency office. Constituency contact information is available below.
The House of Commons does not have a general fax number, although some MPs will have their own fax machines. There is no central record of MPs' fax numbers, so you must telephone your MP's office first if you wish to try to fax some information.
Whichever method you choose, you should generally only contact your local MP as generally MPs will deal only with the problems of their own constituents and not with those of another MP's constituents.
You can find out more at the UK Parliament website.
You can join an online discussion forum with your MP by visiting the Hear from your MP website.
There's a very useful online resource available for contacting your local MP as well as city councillors and your European Parliament representatives. Just visit WriteToThem to find out more.
If you are unable to view documents of these types, our downloads page provides links to viewing software.
This page was last updated on 15 May 2012