Politicians have the power to solve issues, that’s why we talk to them. Contacting your MP might seem daunting, but it’s the most effective way to make your voice heard. When all of us take local action, it can lead to national change.
What can my MP do about the issues that concern me?
It’s your MP’s job to make your voice heard in Parliament whether you voted for them or not. They represent their local area and can raise concerns of local people.
- Vote on issues in Parliament
- Write to the government minister responsible for the issue or make an appointment to see them
- Ask questions in Parliament (‘Parliamentary Questions’ or PQs) about issues you raise
- Ask for a debate in Parliament. A relevant minister will always attend this debate to respond to your MP on behalf of the government
Who is my MP?
Find out who your local MP is using www.theyworkforyou.co.uk.
How do I contact my MP?
MPs usually have an office in their constituency and in Parliament. You can contact them at either office by telephone, letter or email.
Find your MP’s constituency office address and phone number through www.theyworkforyou.co.uk.
Tips for writing to your MP – Email or handwritten letter?
Handwritten letters really stand out – just think about the last time you received one! But MPs will also respond to emails, and some prefer to correspond this way.
Include your name and address
If it’s your first letter to your MP, start by introducing yourself. MPs only listen to concerns from their constituents, so include your address and postcode to confirm they need to listen to you, and so they know where to send a response.
Make it personal
Use your own words to explain why you care about this issue. You could talk about relevant facts and figures, explain how this is impacting you community, include a personal story relating to the issue. This will make your letter more memorable – MPs get sent lots of things from constituents, so you want yours to stand out.
Ask your MP to do something
After you have explained the issue, it’s important to tell your MP what you want them to do about it. You’ll want to ask them to take action. State how you think they can they help to solve the problem is really helpful.
Keep it brief
Be concise and get to the point quickly. Aim to keep your letter short (a page or two, max) and stick to a single issue to make it really clear what you want your MP to focus on addressing.
Ask for a response
You should ask your MP to confirm that they’ve acted and clarify what they’ve done in a response to your letter. And if you haven’t received a reply from your MP after a few weeks, follow up via email or by calling their office to check that your letter arrived.
MPs are most likely to respond to a personalised letter, and especially one written by a passionate constituent who sets out why an issue is so important to them.
But if you do need a bit of guidance on how to set out your letter, here’s a template example you could use to help you write to your MP.