Write to Your MP

Creating the political will for change can come in many forms – protest, demonstrations, passive resistance. All peaceful methods have their place. Having a good relationship with your MP is the cornerstone of CCL’s activism, and an email or letter is a ideal first contact.

You can either email, post a letter or message them via the bottom of the page (with thanks to Write to Them).

Quick method

Never contacted your MP before? Find yourself stalling or worrying about what to say (or not to say)?

Here’s how to fire off that first contact. (hint: remember MPs are human, and: keep it simple.)

NB please copy in/forward to [email protected] so we can support you and keep track of contact with MPs.

Try this:

Dear (MP’s name)

I live in (name location) and am very concerned about Climate Change, especially because of (add here anything you are particularly worried about, especially useful would be local flooding/heatwaves/fires). What are your concerns about climate change?

I firmly believe that we should stick to our commitment to reach net zero by 2050 and preferably sooner as the IPCC now expects developed countries to reach net zero as close as possible to 2040 to enable global temperature rises to remain within the 1.5 degree celsius limit. I am therefore writing to tell you that I have recently heard about the policy of Climate Income (aka Climate Fee and Dividend).  It is supported by many eminent economists and policy makers around the world.

I’m not sure whether you are familiar with the policy? In brief, a steadily rising fee is put on fossil fuels at source and this fee is collected and re-distributed to everyone on an equal basis. I know we already tax fossil fuels via the ETS however the introduction of a dividend supports people though the inevitable price rises and up to 66% of people will either break even or be better off.

I look forward to hearing your views on this policy.

Best wishes / Kind regards or other closing phrase.

l[Your first and last name, etc]
[Your full address and postcode]
[Your phone number and email address]

In your first letter it’s really important to establish a connection, and your credentials as a local. You must include your name and address or they will have no obligation to respond to you. Open with a question and you will more likely have a conversation, rather than lots of reasons why you are wrong.

Above all, keep it friendly and respectful, even if they have voted or campaigned for something you find abhorrent.

If you can compliment them on some constituency or government work they have done or statement they have made, so much the better. They are human beings and will respond so much better to praise and manners than insults and tellings off.

Now – and this is really important – don’t be put off or demotivated by a cut-and-paste response. That’s standard for a first letter. If probably won’t be very relevant to what you’ve asked with a list of things their party is doing about climate change.

Here’s further advice, and some examples of correspondence  (via Goggle Drive)

Next step


Ignore the the irrelevant stuff, but do praise them on any relevant stuff (even if you think it’s not going to work or not be enough), reply, to what they have said, in a positive fashion. Ask them if they think current initiatives will be enough to save our liveable world. Build up to asking them for a meeting. You can also send further information such as our 2-page summary. Keep going.

Find out about your MP – joining their mailing list, visit their website, follow them on social media, find out what they’ve said in parliament.

The more you know about them, the more you know how to frame your questions.

Finish this and you have levelled up to a meeting!

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