How to contact your MP or local Councillor

Find out what information to include in letters and emails

Contacting your MP or local Councillor is a great way to raise an issue with them and they can often provide you with help or support if you're experiencing a problem.

There're lots of different ways to get in touch with them. Most people tend to send a letter or an email but sometimes you might want to phone up their office or go along to see them at one of their "local surgeries" where they will come along to meet with people who want to see them.

Writing to your MP or local Councillor

Getting in touch with your MP or local Councillor can sometimes feel intimidating, especially if you've never done it before, but don't worry, thousands of people write to them every week. They are elected to represent their constituents and are usually happy to help if they can. By hearing from you, you might even highlight an issue they are already interested in and they might be able to offer some extra support.

You can find out who your local MP is at FindyourMP or call the Public Information Office in Parliament on 020 7219 4272. You'll also be able to find out your MP's office address or email so you can get in touch with them.

What to include when writing to or emailing your MP or local Councillor

  • Try to keep your letter or email to the point: They get lots of letters and emails every day so it can help to make sure your letter makes an impact.
  • Include your contact details: Sometimes your MP, local Councillor or their staff might have to speak to you about your letter so it's much easier if they can do this quickly by giving you a phone call or sending you a quick email.
  • Include all relevant details: This will help speed things up and avoid any delays. This could include your National Insurance number or any other similar reference numbers.
  • Let them know what you've already done: If you can tell them what things you've already done on your issue it means they won't be repeating things.
  • Download a template letter to send to your MP (Word document 13.6KB)


It can sometimes take a few weeks for you to get a full response from your MP or local Councillor, or even longer if they have to write to other organisations about something you've raised. Don't worry! If you haven't heard back after 2 or 3 weeks, you should give their office a phone call just to make sure they received your letter.

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