Everyone who wants to change the world has to start somewhere. Whether you’re hoping to make sweeping changes to the way the country is run or just want someone to fix the potholes at the end of your road, writing to your MP is a great way to make your voice heard and start changing the way that your country and your local area are run.
The first step in writing to an MP is to find out who your local representative is if you don’t know already. Or, if you’re looking to influence policy in a particular area then you will need the name of the government minister that is responsible for it.
Where to look
Thankfully, this task is much easier than it once was thanks to the advent of websites such as They Work for You. Just enter your postcode and you’ll know who your MP is!
What to do
Of course, if you want your letter to really make an impact and kickstart the change that you’re looking for, then there are a few more things that you can do. First of all, try to meet your MP so they know you and recognise your name when your letter arrives.
The vast majority of MPs are active in their local area and run constituency surgeries and other meetings that any member of the public is able to attend.
The second thing you can do is to recruit others for your cause. 10 letters are more effective than one and if your representative can see that many people in the community are behind your campaign, they’re much more likely to work hard to implement the change that you’re looking for.
Writing to your MP is a great way to make a difference and kickstart change. It could be your letter that makes the difference.