Writing to your MP
If you are campaigning on air pollution, locally or nationally, you should consider contacting your MP. Here are a few things to remember when contacting your MP.
- The best way to contact your MP is to write them a letter or send them an email. To find out who your MP is and get their contact details, go to: www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps/ This page will also give you an idea of your MP’s interest areas. For example, if your MP sits on the Transport Select Committee you could highlight how the issue relates to transport.
- MPs will generally only respond to people who live in their constituency, so in your letter/email, make sure you include your full address and postcode.
- Make it clear how you want your MP to help. Before you start writing, think about what you want your MP to do on your behalf. This may be:
– writing to a government minister,
– voting for or against particular legislation,
– signing up to your campaign,
– asking a parliamentary question,
– meeting with you to discuss your campaign,
– drawing public attention to the issue – writing, tweeting, speaking about it.
- Your email will be more effective if it is clear, concise and polite. Even if you suspect your MP disagrees with you on the issue, be respectful of their views and their busy schedule.
- Keep a record of your correspondence.
- MPs are more likely to take notice of an issue if they can see it has broad support from their constituents. Can you get more people to write letters/emails on the issue? Do you want to collect co-signatories for a letter? Do you want to start a petition? Can you attend their local surgery to talk to them personally? Perhaps you could organise an event and invite the MP, so they can speak to constituents about the issue?