Most MPs do not achieve the great offices of state; some do not aspire to them. As backbenchers they have an influential role in the making of legislation, the conduct of government and the welfare of their political party. How to be an MP makes the case for the active, rigorous backbench MP. This is an invaluable guide to what can be achieved by backbenchers, invaluable to would-be MPs and essential for constituents who want to know what their MP ought to be doing. From walking on water to running a campaign; from dealing with the tabloids to staying married, this fully updated edition of Paul Flynn's survey of backbench life explains all in an engaging and often humorous manner.