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Welcome to the Tendo Consulting x Going Green guide on How to engage with your MP, particularly around sustainability and climate change.
Tendo Consulting is a public affairs and communications agency specialising in government relations, media, and parliamentary engagement. We work with lots of different organisations to campaign around a number of different issues, including recent campaigns on protecting the marine environment and the switch to electric vehicles.
This is a short guide to demonstrate why you should engage with your MP, and how you should go about doing that…
There are 650 Members of Parliament in the UK – all of them representing a different area or ‘constituency’. They represent different political parties, but they also have a ‘special duty’ to represent the people in their constituency. This doesn’t mean they will necessarily agree with you, but they should be willing to hear what you have to say.
If you are worried about the environment, have a big idea to help tackle the climate crisis, or want to make sure your MP is voting for the most sustainable policies in Parliament, it’s worth contacting them to let them know. The more people that do this, the more politicians will take notice, and your MP will know this issue is important to voters at the next election.
If you don’t know who your MP is, you can go on the Parliament website and type in your postcode: members.parliament.uk/members/commons
This will come up with the name and contact details for your local MP and the easiest way to get in touch is by sending a simple email.
MPs are sent hundreds of emails every week and have a team of researchers working with them behind the scenes to filter through the inbox. If you are writing to your MP, make sure that you mention you are a constituent of their town or area so that priority is given to responding to you. If you don’t do this, the MP may not reply at all, so we’d recommend putting this in the very first sentence of your email.
When it comes to climate change and sustainability there are so many issues that may need addressing – whether that’s fast fashion, microplastics, the move to renewable energy, or something else entirely!
Because the climate crisis is such a broad issue, when writing to your MP, it’s best to narrow your focus to just one area or topic at a time. Maybe you run a sustainable business and want to advocate sustainable practices or perhaps you are particularly concerned about a specific government policy.
It is also helpful to have a few clear ‘key asks’ in mind for if your MP is supportive.
There are a number of things you can ask your MP to do:
Either way, don’t be afraid to get in touch because this is exactly what MPs are for and it really could make a difference!
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