A quick phone call to your Member of Parliament’s office can be even more effective than writing a letter in some cases. As a constituent, you may even be able to speak to your MP directly. One phone call can stick out in an MP’s mind if you can show that you are knowledgeable, that you respect her time, and that this issue is important to her constituents.
If you speak to a member of the MP’s staff, this can also be very effective, as they will have the time to hear you out, and they have the ear of the MP.
- Introduce yourself and identify yourself as a constituent. You can do so by providing your postal code or address.
- Give the reason for your call, and explain what concerns you.
- Ask to speak to the MP directly, but do not be surprised if you must speak to a member of her staff instead.
- Ask pointed questions.
- Ask for a commitment to action.
- Let the MP know that this issue will matter to you in the next election.
- Avoid revealing party affiliation or sympathies. (If you show that your vote is already cast for a certain party, the MP may not have the incentive to respond to your requests.)
- Be as brief as you can while outlining your concerns. Show that you respect the MP’s time.
- Even though you may strongly disagree with the MP’s stance, have a calm and respectful dialogue. Show that you are willing to work with her.
- Follow up. Find out what actions were taken as a result of your call, and respond appropriately.
- Getting started
- Developing an Advocacy Strategy
- Advocacy "How-tos"
- How to form relationships with policy makers
- How to write a letter to an MP
- How to call your MP
- How to meet with your MP
- How to write a petition
- How to do a demonstration
- How to write a one-page brief
- How to organize a public meeting
- How to work with the media
- How to write a press release
- How to meet with civil servants
- Additional Resources
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