Writing to politicians can help us push for change. Its quick and easy and it helps your MP represent you in parliament.
Politicians have the power to end period poverty & shame in UK schools- that’s why we need to talk to them.
We know they listen when they hear from young people and their carers about their experiences. Contacting your MP might seem daunting but it’s easier than making a tiktok video and its one of the most effective ways for your voice to be heard.
When we all act together we can achieve national change.
Your MP can:
MPs are much more likely to champion an issue if they think people in their area care about it.
MPs usually have an office in their constituency (your local area), and in Parliament. You can contact them at either office by telephone, letter, or by email.
We recommend finding your MP through www.theyworkforyou.com and messaging them through this website.
We’ve created some template letters you can use to write to your MP about the Every Period Counts campaign.
If you use www.theyworkforyou.com you can copy and paste the template directly into the message box via the website and just add your own personal comments or stories where the template suggests.
Email or handwritten letter?
Handwritten letters really stand out – just think about the last time you received one! But MPs will also respond to emails, and many prefer to correspond this way.
Include your name and address
If it’s your first letter to your MP, start by introducing yourself. MPs only listen to concerns from their constituents, so include your address and postcode to confirm they need to listen to you, and so they know where to send a response.
Make it personal
Use your own words to explain why you care about this issue and include a personal story relating to the issue. This will make your letter more memorable – MPs get sent lots of things from constituents, so you want yours to stand out.
Ask your MP to do something
After you’ve explained the issue, it’s important to tell your MP what you want them to do about it. You’ll want to ask them to take action. State how you think they can they help to solve the problem- our template letters have some suggested text about how we’d like to see MPs act.
Keep it brief
Be concise and get to the point quickly. Aim to keep your letter short (a page or two, max) and stick to a single issue to make it really clear what you want your MP to focus on addressing.
Ask for a response
You should ask your MP to confirm that they’ve acted and clarify what they’ve done in a response to your letter. And if you haven’t received a reply from your MP after a few weeks, follow up via email or by calling their office to check that your letter arrived.
If your MP has done something positive, say thanks – they’ll appreciate it.