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Morning keynotes - Jess Phillips


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Presented on Tuesday 6 September at NCVO Campaigning Conference 2016.

Jess Phillips, MP, Birmingham Yardley (Labour)

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Morning keynotes - Jess Phillips

  1. 1. How to Lobby an MP Jess Phillips MP for Birmingham Yardley
  2. 2. Before you start What do you want to Lobby them for?  MPs get hundreds of requests every day you need a definitive ask  Research them what are their interests  Research their constituency – find out data  Look up what they might have said in the commons, how they might have voted – Hansard search  Prepare to flatter them – if you want to or not
  3. 3. What MPs can do for you  Ask Parliamentary questions  Ask oral questions in the commons  Support and promote your campaigns  Lean on people for you  EDM  Private members bills  Gain you media coverage  Write articles for you
  4. 4. Different methods of Lobbying Pros and Cons  Arranging to meet with them face to face  Arranging a visit to your centre or organisation  Constituents concerns  Turning up at their surgery  Online petitions  Going to the Commons – to the actual Lobby  Social Media campaigns
  5. 5. What not to do  Don’t pester too much, but don’t let them fob you off  Don’t be aggressive or confrontational  Don’t take up too much time  Don’t go to them for generic support, you will be the hundredth organisation that week who has done that  Don’t be limited to only your MP, but do respect some of the protocols they have to stick to  Don’t be the same as everyone else
  6. 6. What you should do  Make friends with the gatekeepers – MPs staff  Work with them for mutual benefit – recognise what they might want  Listen to them and brief them  Follow up on your engagement with them – they will forget  Include their constituents these are the people they care about pleasing  Challenge them politely if they are wrong about something