Advice for writing to your elected representatives

Getting started

Writing to your elected representatives is an effective way to support a campaign or make them aware of an issue. Their response is important because either they will agree and raise the issue or, if they disagree, you can respond an try to persuade them.

We’ve created a number of template letters to get you started but please remember to personalise it because your first-hand experiences are vital for persuading politicians. In fact, if you don’t change the template at all and your elected representative receives the same email 50 times, their office may suspect the email is spam and delete it. One easy thing to do is to add in references to specific places or organisations, to make sure that they know you understand your local community.

If you are sending an email rather than a letter, then you do not need to include your address and your subject line should refer to the campaign or its aims.

It is important that you write to your own elected representative as most will not respond to residents of other constituencies. To find your MP, you can search for your postcode on the Parliamentary website or to see a full list of all of your elected representatives (including for local and devolved government), use a website like Write To Them.

To share your feedback about our template letters or would like to know more about campaigning work, please email [email protected].

Adapting your letter

Your elected representatives are more likely to respond positively to correspondence if they think that the letter is particularly relevant to them, so think about what can make your letter stand out from all the others they receive.

Here are some questions to consider:

  • Is there anything about your local area that makes this issue particularly important? For example, any history or research evidence.
  • Do they currently have a special responsibility for this issue or did they have one previously? For example, they might be a minister for the Government or shadow minister for the Opposition.
  • Have they said anything publicly or in Parliament about this subject? You can look up on a search engine online or in the Parliamentary record.