Approaching your MP

It's time to act

© Amy Lewis

Now is the moment!

Working together, we can make the world a better place for both people and wildlife.

By writing to your MP or meeting them in person, you can help them to understand the part they have to play in stopping the loss of wildlife and creating a #WilderFuture. Please ask them to support a strong Environment Act.

Writing to your MP

MPs want to know what it is you care about. Not only do they want to hear from you, they have a duty to listen - their job is to represent you in Parliament!

Writing to your MP is a great way to show them that wildlife and strong environment laws are important to the people they represent. You can also encourage them to speak up for strong environment laws and champion ambitious measures to create a #WilderFuture!

Who do I write to?

You can write letters to your MP’s local constituency office, or send an email to their constituency email address.

To find out who your MP is, and see their contact details, you can use this tool to enter your postcode and see who represents you:

Find your MP

Some MPs might not provide their constituency office address or email. In this case, write to their parliamentary office using their parliamentary email or House of Commons address.

Your MP’s House of Commons address will be:

[MP’s Name]
House of Commons,
London,
SW1A 0AA

MPs are very busy people, so don't be offended if they don't get back to you straight away.

How can I make my email or letter effective?

Share your story:

MPs love personal stories. Share yours with them, choosing experiences that have taken place in your local area and meant a lot to you, or talking about how important wildlife and the natural world is to you and people around you. This way you can show your MP how much the natural environment in your area matters. Perhaps there are some moments shared with your Wildlife Trust or events you’ve attended that stand out? How might an ambitious Environment Act help wildlife in your local area and improve the place you live in?

Have a clear ask:

To make your letter or email as successful as possible, make sure you have some clear things to ask your MP to do for you. For example, you could ask them to back strong environment laws in parliament, or write to their Party Leader e.g. Theresa May or Jeremy Corbyn, and their environment team to support an ambitious Environment Act. You could even ask them what they think they can do to help make this happen!

Add your address:

Finally, don't forget to put your full postal address on anything you write to your MP so they know you live in their constituency.

Copy and edit our template

Stuck for what to write? Don’t worry, just use our handy template. You can copy the text below into an email or download it as a word document.

You might want to add a personal touch - think about why it is important to you and the place you live that we have strong environment laws that promote the recovery of wildlife. Imagine if every new development created valuable habitat and corridors for wildlife and greenspace for people, and new wildlife space like green roofs and avenues were introduced to Surrey’s towns.

Template:

Dear ______ MP,

I am writing to you because I want you to speak up for wildlife.

Wildlife in Surrey is in trouble - nearly a quarter of the county’s species are believed to be in significant decline while an estimated one in nine are already locally extinct. This is because habitats are fragmented and there isn’t enough space for wildlife to move around.

The environment bill is a chance to change this. For the first time in 20 years, we have the opportunity to take ambitious steps to create a wilder nation for future generations.

With the right laws and a strong, independent watchdog, wildlife and wild spaces would be properly protected. An ambitious Environment Act would also see the creation of more valuable greenspace and a cleaner environment, for the benefit of people and wildlife alike. Habitats would be joined up through a Nature Recovery Network made up of connections across farmland, new developments, roads, and towns and cities, allowing nature to move around freely and recover.

[You can write a short paragraph here explaining why it’s important to you that wildlife is properly protected - are you worried about the loss of green areas or animals near you? Do you want Surrey to be a wilder place?]

Please help create a wilder future for Surrey and Britain by backing an ambitious Environment Act. I urge you to talk to other people in your part and write to your party leader too, so they know how important it is that we properly protect wildlife and encourage its recovery.

Yours sincerely,

Your name

 

Don't forget to include your full postal address in anything you write to your MP so they know you live in their constituency.

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Meeting your MP

If you want to make an impression, you can meet your MP. This is the most effective way to make sure that your opinion and the need for an ambitious Environment Act are foremost on their mind.

Meeting your MP is a great way to tell them in person how important ambitious environment laws are. It shows them how much it means to you, the people they represent, that there are strong laws in place to ensure the recovery of wildlife and protect and create green spaces for future generations.

How do I meet my MP?

Your best option for meeting your MP is to ask to meet them in your constituency. You may find it easiest to meet them during one of their constituency surgeries, which they hold at least once a month - many hold them most Fridays. This is when your MP meets their constituents to talk about things affecting them and for people to raise concerns about politics or local issues, so it's the perfect time to tell them why a strong Environment Act matters to you!

The first step for organising a meeting is to contact them or the people who work in their constituency office. You can find out who your MP is and their contact details by using this tool:

Find your MP

You can write to their constituency office by letter or email or call them on the number provided. If no contact details for their constituency is provided, simply write to the email address or call the number of their Parliamentary office. You could also write a letter requesting a meeting to this office - their Parliamentary address is:

[MP's Name]
House of Commons,
London,
SW1A 0AA

When you ask for a meeting, explain what you want to meet your MP about and offer some time(s) and date(s) you’d like to meet. You may have to be flexible about meeting - MPs often have very full diaries, but are very good about making time for everyone.

Don't forget to put your full postal address on anything you write to your MP so they know you live in their constituency.

What should I expect?

MPs are friendly and open for a chat, but they are pressed for time so don't expect meetings to last too long. Generally appointments will last around 10-15 minutes - so make sure you've got your key messages ready.

You might find it helpful to prepare in advance and perhaps even rehearse what you want to say beforehand. It's also important to research who your MP is. Find out what they care about and whether or not they have taken an active interest in the environment before - that way you can go into the meeting fully prepared. You can find a lot of that information here.

All MP surgeries are slightly different, but in most cases you are likely to be sat in a waiting room before your appointment with people from your local area. Once it is your turn, you'll be invited into an office for your chance to persuade your MP why they should be supporting a new law for nature's recovery. You won't regret it (and to your friends, family and potential employees it sounds really impressive - so be sure to let them know!).

How can I make my meeting effective?

Share your story:
MPs love personal stories. Share yours with them, choosing experiences that have taken place in your local area and meant a lot to you. This way you can show your MP how much the natural environment in your area matters. Perhaps there are some moments shared with your Wildlife Trust or events you've attended that stand out? Can you think how even more wildlife in your area would help to improve it?

Have a clear ask: 
To make your meeting as successful as possible, make sure you have some clear things to ask your MP to do for you. For example, you could ask them to write to their Party Leader e.g. Theresa May or Jeremy Corbyn, and their environment team to support an ambitious Environment Act for all the reasons shared above. You can also ask them what they think they can do to help make this happen too!

Don’t worry if you’re not an expert: 
It’s your MP’s job to listen to you and you will probably know far more than them - just be passionate about the issue.

Take a photo:
Ask your MP if you can take a photo with them - this is a great way to let others know that people have been speaking to them about nature’s recovery, and to encourage them to do the same. MPs often like the publicity too!

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