Contacting your MP
First things first, find out who your MP is using the They Work For You website.
You can either write or email them to tell them about your issue, or meet them directly to talk about it. MPs really value hearing from constituents about the issues you care about. Sharing your experiences of the issue is the most effective way of getting your voice heard.
How to meet your MP
Call or email their local office to ask when their next ‘surgery’ is. MPs are usually in their constituencies on Fridays, and many will have a drop in session to meet with constituents. This is an informal way for people to speak with their local MPs, and a great way to get your issue noticed.
Some MPs book in appointments with constituents, which you may need to do – it will depend on your own MP’s set up.
Once you know when you can meet with your MP, it’s all about prepping for what you might want to say in the meeting.
How can I make my meetings effective?
- Make it personal – show why this issue is important to you. Share your own experiences if you feel comfortable doing so.
- Remember that everyone is human – try not to be daunted by who you are meeting.
- Don’t assume that the people you’re meeting with will know about the issue – they may genuinely be surprised to hear what you have to say, so start off slowly with an introduction.
- Use the power of three. It can help to think about the three most important messages that you want to get across. That way, even if you feel nervous in the meeting, you will be able to jog your memory and get your points across.