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RIKP Engaging with UK Parliamentarians Newcastle 2016


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How can academics engage with UK Parliamentarians?

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RIKP Engaging with UK Parliamentarians Newcastle 2016

  1. 1. Engaging with UK Parliamentarians Kate Anderson Universities Programme @KateAHoP
  2. 2. Where to start? Your MP Your MP’s contact details will be on the Parliament website: You can call the House of Commons Information Office on 020 7219 4272 Or at your town hall or local library Many MPs will have a contact address and number in the constituency
  3. 3. Where to start? Peers Members of the House of Lords do not have constituencies, so in theory, you can contact any member Identify Peers who will support your campaign Biographies of all Peers are available at You can email Peers at Do not send bulk mail shots. If more than six copies of the same email are received, all will be deleted.
  4. 4. Finding interested MPs and Peers • All-Party Parliamentary Groups • Hansard • Early Day Motions • Select Committees
  5. 5. All-party parliamentary groups • All-Party Parliamentary Groups are informal groups set up by backbench MPs and Peers from different parties. • APPGs focus on either a country or subject. • Some groups involve individuals and organisations from outside Parliament to help with administration, research and other activities. • The Register of All-Party Groups shows who their senior members are and what support groups receive from outside Parliament.
  6. 6. Contacting MPs and Peers How does your issue affect an MP’s constituents? How does it relate to a Peer’s expertise and experience? Does it relate to something that they are already working on? Does the concern need to be addressed now because decisions on funding or policy are imminent?
  7. 7. Contacting MPs and Peers • What’s the problem? • Why do you care? • Why should they care? • What do you want them to do about it?
  8. 8. House of Commons Library Blog: Twitter: @commonslibrary Read the research prepared for Peers and MPs The Libraries of the UK Parliament and POST
  9. 9. Get involved  Contact your MP or a member of the House of Lords  Sign up for email updates or follow relevant Select Committees on Twitter  Share your expertise with a Select Committee or APPG  Access parliamentary briefings and topical research Find out more at or call the House of Commons Enquiry service on 0800 112 4272 or the House of Lords Enquiry Service on 020 7219 3107 @KateAHoP