Writing to MPs

Writing to MPs

Why write?

The word from insiders in MSPs and MPs’ offices is that emails and letters are taken very seriously – and counted! For everyone who takes the time to raise an issue with them, they know there are many more people who feel the same way. If they receive lots of correspondence on a particular issue, it will be discussed in policy meetings and can have an effect on decision-making.

MSPs and MPs are supposed to respond to all communications from their constituents, but they are much more likely to sit up and take notice of a personal email or letter as it shows their constituent cares enough to take the time. And it doesn’t matter if it’s an email or handwritten letter – they all count.

You don’t have to be an expert. Keep it short (a page or less) and personal. Write what you feel. Explain why the issue matters to you and, most importantly, what you want your MSP or MP to do about it.

Here are some examples, tips and issues to get you started!

Issue briefings with email examples

We’ve prepared some briefings on current important climate issues for you – each briefing has a summary and background notes with suggested questions to ask, who to send it to and an email example of how to do it. Choose an issue that appeals to you, click on the photo, and go for it!

Then, when your MP replies (or doesn’t!), follow up and keep them accountable – check out the tips in the speech bubbles below.

If you’d like to have some company while you’re writing, join one of our MPEGs (MP Engagement Groups)!