Meeting your MP
Meeting your MP can be a great way to discuss your concerns, and work together to resolve issues affecting you and your family. You can find out who your elected MP is by typing in your postcode in parliament’s website.
Take a look at Cat’s tips on meeting with your MP. If you’d like further support or want to share your campaigning experiences, please get in touch.
One easy way for you to engage with your MP is to meet with them. You could ask to arrange a meeting with them in a letter or you can attend one of their drop-in surgeries. If you are a member of a local Gingerbread group this would be a fantastic opportunity for your MP to meet a group of single parents and discuss issues together. It would also be an excellent way for your MP to understand how widespread an issue may be.
Whether you’re involved in local politics or not, meeting with your MP is real opportunity to engage them with issues that matter to you. Most MPs hold regular surgeries in their constituency on Fridays. You can find out when you MP’s surgeries are by calling their office or looking on their website. You may need an appointment to meet with them, so be prepared to make one ahead of the day when they visit your area.
Tip 1: Prepare
Prior to your meeting you may find it useful to write down bullet points to take with you, so that you manage to say everything you intend to, including any questions you have for them and timelines for when things need to get done by – kind of like a wish list!
Tip 2: Know what outcome you want
I was really surprised how accessible and friendly my MP was when I met him. I was left feeling that he had taken me seriously and indeed, he followed up with a letter a couple of weeks later telling me exactly what he was doing to escalate my concern.
Whatever approach your MP takes, make sure you’re both clear on how your issue is going to be resolved. What action points can you both commit to? What timelines are realistic? It’s likely your issue won’t be resolved very quickly so it might be worth agreeing to meet in the near future to discuss progress.
Don’t forget, MPs love to hear how their work has helped you so if they have positively supported you in some way be sure to thank them for this.
Tip 3: Stand up for what you believe in
Good luck with however you communicate with your MP whether that’s tweeting them, writing to them, meeting them one-to-one or inviting them to your local Gingerbread group. Remember that you and your family matter and that sticking up for your rights is one of the most important thing you can do. Unless we fight for ourselves, it’s likely that nobody else will.