How to lobby your MP

Get a meeting with your MP and plan what to say.

This information will help you get a meeting with your MP and plan what to say. This might seem a bit daunting at first but people meet their MPs every week about a whole number of issues.

Who is your MP

You can find out who you MP is at FindyourMP or call the Public Information Office in Parliament on 020 7218 4272.

How to arrange a meeting with your MP

You'll need to get in touch with your MP to let them know you want to meet with them. The simplest way is to get in touch with your MP by telephone. You can usually find their office phone number by searching for your MP's name on the internet. If you can't find their local phone number, you can call their office in Parliament by calling the House of Commons switchboard on 020 7219 3000 and asking to be put through to your MP's office.

When you phone their office, their staff should be able to help you arrange an appointment to speak with your MP. It's helpful to explain what you want to discuss with your MP to help them come to your meeting prepared.

Be prepared

You might want to write a few notes in advance to help you remember what you want to say. By all means take these with you when you meet your MP if you think it will help you.

You might also want to leave some extra information with your MP at the end of the meeting if it's available. This might help them look into the issues you have raised.

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What to do when you meet your MP

  • Start by thanking the MP for making the appointment
  • Arrive on time. Be polite and courteous but also confident. This meeting is an opportunity for you to have a two-way discussion. Assume that the MP is there to help you, unless they prove otherwise.
  • Remember they're human too with their own family so can relate to some of what you're telling them.
  • Remember the two or three key points you want to make - this is your chance to say what's important to you. Make sure you ask them what you would like them to do after the meeting.
  • At the end, leave some printed information for them.
  • Ask them to keep in touch with you and let you know what happens.

What to do after you've met your MP

  • If the MP promises to write on your behalf to a Minister or someone else but you haven't heard back within a month then email or phone their office again.
  • This meeting should be the start of a longer relationship with your MP. Follow up on any responses you receive and do ask questions on specifics you may not understand. They will appreciate you doing so and in the longer term the better the relationship you have with your MP, the more he or she is able to do for you.