Asking your MP to stand up for wildlife can be a really effective way to make change happen.
By talking to your MP you can help them to understand the part they have to play in stopping the loss of wildlife and bringing about more nature in people’s lives. Please ask your MP to support a strong Environment Act and to promote this to others in their party.
Meeting your local MP doesn't have to be scary.
Here are our recommendations and top tips for how to meet your MP and talking to them about what matters to you.
If you have any more questions or want more advice, please don't hesitate to contact us!
Booking your appointment
First things first, find out who your local MP is. If you're not sure, then just enter your postcode into this website to find out.
There are a number of ways that you can contact your MP.
Use our form to request an appointment
We've made it really simple to book an appointment with your MP. Simply fill in your details and we send a pre-written email to your MP requesting an appointment. You can change aspects of the email if you prefer.
At a local surgery
You can look up if and when your MP has local surgeries, which are like drop-in events. You wait with other members of the public and you'll get a chance to speak to your MP then.
Ring their office at the House of Commons on 020 7219 3000 and ask to be put through to your MPs office. You can ring to request an appointment or ask a quick question.
You can email to request an appointment or talk about your concerns using the contact details in this Directory of MPs.
By social media
Many MPs are active on social media and may respond to you there. Some details are included in the Directory of MPs.
If you're not comfortable meeting your MP in person, you can always write them a letter with your concerns.
Address your letter to your MP at House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA. Remember to include your address so they know you live in their constituency!
How to prepare for your meeting
MPs want to know what it is you care about. Not only do they want to hear from you, they have a duty to listen - their job is to represent you in Parliament!
MPs are generally friendly and open for a chat, but they are pressed for time so don't expect meetings to last too long. Generally appointments will last around 10-15 minutes - so make sure you've got your key messages ready. TheyWorkForYou is a website that allows you to see how your MP has voted on various issues and get to know what's important for them.
Find out what they care about and whether or not they have taken an active interest in the environment before – that way you can go into the meeting fully prepared. Have a look at the ‘Voting Records’ section (of the link above) and scroll down for information about environmental voting records.
How to make your meeting effective
Share your story
MPs love personal stories. Share yours with them, choosing experiences that have taken place in your local area and meant a lot to you. This way you can show your MP how much the natural environment in your area matters. Perhaps there are some moments shared with your Wildlife Trust or events you've attended that stand out? Can you think how even more wildlife in your area would help to improve it?
Have a clear ask
To make your meeting as successful as possible, make sure you have some clear things to ask your MP to do for you. For example, you could ask them to write to their Party Leader e.g. Theresa May or Jeremy Corbyn, and their environment team to support an ambitious Environment Act for all the reasons shared above. You can also ask them what they think they can do to help make this happen too!
Don’t worry if you’re not an expert
It’s your MP’s job to listen to you and you will probably know far more than them - just be passionate about the issue.
Take a photo
Ask your MP if you can take a photo with them - this is a great way to let others know that people have been speaking to them about nature’s recovery, and to encourage them to do the same. MPs often like the publicity too!
Following up on your meeting
Following up with your MP is a good way to keep your meeting fresh in their mind – sending them a quick ‘thank you’ email with the photo is a nice way of doing this.
It might also help to take brief notes on what was said in the meeting so you can remind them of anything they have committed to and hold them to it!