News

mermaids_author

It is one of the primary duties of MPs to represent the views of their constituents in Parliament. As a constituent, it is your right to have your voice heard on issues that affect you and other people in your area. Writing to your MP is a great way to ensure that your MP, regardless of the political party they belong to, knows your views. When MPs receive lots of letters showing viewpoints like yours, they are more likely to listen.

People often think they’re powerless to influence the decisions made by their MP, but actually writing a letter can make a real difference and most members of parliament take their duty to listen to constituents very seriously.

How do I do it?

Step One

Find out who your MP is and how to email them by clicking here.

Step Two

You can write your own letter from scratch being clear and using simple language, explaining your point of view and perhaps sharing your reason for wanting to make contact.

We have also drafted a template letter which you can use as a guide: download template letter. We have drafted this template asking your MP to contact the Minister for Women and Equalities, Liz Truss MP about an issue, but this can be edited to be for any minister and any issue. The minister you write in relation to will vary depending on the issue you’re writing about, e.g. if this is an education issue, contact the Education Minister. Find out who the relevant minister is by clicking here.

Step Three

  • Make sure you give your email a clear subject title and hit ‘send’.
  • If you don’t hear back within around ten working days, you can follow your letter up with a polite request for a reply.
  • Let others know that they can write a letter too by sharing this page and feel free to post on social media.

Step Four

You can forward the response from your MP to [email protected]

People often think they’re powerless to influence the decisions made by their MP, but actually writing a letter can make a real difference and most members of parliament take their duty to listen to constituents very seriously.

Lui Asquith, Legal & Policy manager, Mermaids

18 year-old Alex and Mermaids CEO give the ‘T’ on trans rights