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					                     HOW TO ARRANGE A
                    MEETING WITH YOUR MP
                    Contacting and arranging
MEET YOUR MP




                                                       you don’t then there are several
                    a meeting with your MP             easy ways of finding out. The
                    can seem like a daunting           easiest way is probably to use
                    challenge at first. These          the official Parliament website.
                    are the people who run             First go www.parliament.uk and
                    the country, voted for by          then click on the link which says
                    thousands of constituents          ‘Find your MP’. Then enter your
                    and paid £60,000 a year to         postcode and details of your MP
                    do it all, but it’s something      will be displayed.
                    that has to be done if you
                    want to do a good job as an        CONTACTING YOUR MP
                    MYP.
                                                       Once you have found the
                    While it might seem a bit scary,   details of your MP from the
                    contacting your MP is really       Parliament website, you can
                    quite easy. Normally they’ll be    get into contact with them. This
                    delighted to hear from you and     can be done in three ways. You
                    will do their best to be helpful   can write them a letter, send
                    and to work with you.              them an e-mail or phone their
                                                       parliamentary office.
                    They don’t normally get many
                    young people contacting them,      While all of these methods
                    and it’s good publicity for        should work, the best way is
                    them and is part of their job to   probably to write them a letter.
                    help the young people in their     E-mails are easy to forget or
                    constituency if they can.          ignore, and it’s unlikely that the
                                                       MP’s secretary or researcher
                    FIND OUT WHO YOUR MP               will want to arrange a meeting
                    IS                                 over the phone without some
                                                       warning.
                    The first step is to find out
                    exactly who your MP is. You        When you write a letter to your
                    might already know this, but if    MP, try to keep it short and

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MYPs question Hazel Blears MP at the 2005 Annual Sitting                43
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                    to the point. Explain who you              When you contact your MP,
                    are and what the UK Youth                  always remember to use their
                    Parliament is. Then say that you           London address or phone
                    would like to meet with him or             number rather than their local
                    her so that you can discuss the            constituency one.
                    issues affecting young people in
MEET YOUR MP




                    your constituency.                         Often MPs will provide their
                                                               constituency office details on
                    If you want, you could also                their website, but it’s their
                    mention any issues that you                London office which sorts out
                    think are particularly important.          their schedules, so when you
                    Most important of all, make                phone them, make sure it’s
                    sure you leave your contact                their London number and if
                    details: address, e-mail and               you write to them, make sure
                    phone number! Hopefully, your              it’s their House of Commons
                    MP will contact you about the              address. Both of these can
                    meeting within a couple of                 be found on the Parliament
                    weeks.                                     website.




                     James Greenhalgh MYP talks to Michael Fabricant
                     MP at the MWH & UKYP Awards, January 2009


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ARRANGING A MEETING
                                    The meeting with the MP
Normally MPs will only be           will normally take place in
able to meet with you on a          their constituency office (you
Friday as the rest of the week      can find the address on the
they are generally working          Parliament website, or phone




                                                                           MEET YOUR MP
in London. Sometimes you            up their office and ask).
might have to take time off
school for the meeting, but if      If you don’t have access to the
you ask permission from your        internet, then you can just use
school then there should be no      the following to get into contact
problem.                            with your MP:

You can also ask your MP to         Address:
have the meeting after school
hours and he or she should be       [Name of your MP]
willing to do so.                   House of Commons
                                    London
Once you’ve written to your         SW1A 0AA
MP asking for a meeting, and
they’ve replied back to you, you    Telephone:
should be able to schedule the
meeting over the phone with         Call the House of Commons
their secretary. If you tell them   switchboard on 020 7219 3000
what times you’re available,        and then ask for the office of
they will then schedule a date      your MP - obviously you need
and check with you that you         to know their name for this!
can make it too.




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