By SNP MP for Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock Allan Dorans

As a Member of Parliament, I have always believed that it is important to keep you, my constituents, up to date with the work I am doing on your behalf.

I recognise I am in a unique and privileged position working for the people of Ayr, Carrick, and Cumnock, and will always try my best to be transparent about the work I am doing. The best way to keep up to date is to follow my social media, and read my monthly newsletter, however, for this column, I am going to break down a typical week in my life.

As your MP, I am typically in Parliament from Monday until Thursday. My week in Parliament can vary significantly, but typically every week I have committee meetings or other parliamentary duties, including participation in the standards committee and the committee on privileges.

In addition, I take part in any urgent questions tabled by opposition parties or statements which the Government can make to the House at any time. This includes Prime Minister's Questions every Wednesday and oral questions for government departments in the chamber, on a rota basis every day.

Alongside this, I can be taking part in debates in the chamber of the House of Commons or Westminster Hall, writing to Ministers as Parliamentary Questions, or attending important campaign events, discussing what I can do to help and to raise awareness of specific causes, charities, and others.

All this work requires significant preparation beforehand, researching and writing about the topics and events in which I will be taking part.

This is just a snapshot, and every day can be different. In the world of politics, things move fast and my diary for the week can change dramatically at short notice.

When I return to the constituency, I generally have meetings scheduled for Friday and the weekend, with constituents or senior officials, and constituency events to attend. I meet regularly with the chief executives of South and East Ayrshire and senior council officers, the chief executive of Ayrshire & Arran Health Board, and the chief superintendent of Police Scotland, with responsibility for Ayrshire.

For example, last week, at the invitation of the Provost of South Ayrshire Council, I attended the International Workers’ Memorial Day at Rozelle House on April 28.

This saw a speech from the Provost, tree planting and two minutes' silence to remember and commemorate those workers who have been killed or injured in work. It was a privilege to be able to lay a wreath at the ceremony in memory of all those workers.

Later that day, I had a meeting with NHS Ayrshire and Arran senior figures, alongside my MP and MSP colleagues to discuss their work and pressures they may be facing, and concerns from constituents.

The following day, I took part in the Rotary and Ayrshire Costal Path annual beach clean. The event took place at various locations along the Ayrshire coast, and was attended by hundred of fantastic, enthusiastic volunteers, with pride in their communities.

All these engagements take place alongside a significant amount of constituency casework helping individual constituents, groups, communities, and organisations with issues that are important to them.

Thankfully, I am greatly assisted by my small, dedicated team who are available to help with constituent enquiries or concerns by email or phone, Monday-Friday, 9-5pm.

I hope this helps give a better understanding of my work as your MP, and please know, you can continue to contact me throughout the week, if you feel I can offer help or assistance.

My office contact details are: 01292 848102 or