Writing to your Local MP guide
Benefits of contacting Members of Parliament
- MPs will be much more likely to read and take note of anything you send them as a local person than anything sent by the RLA nationally. Our messages will therefore be more far more likely to get through to them.
- If you are able to establish a link and relationship with your MP they will be more likely to be receptive towards you later on.
- MPs are often vocal in the media and on their own websites/blogs about local issues. It is preferable that they are well informed about the private rented sector to prevent them from making incorrect and possibly negative comments, and encourage them to make positive comments. It is good to get to them before the press or others do about any PRS issues.
- You should seek to communicate with the MP for the constituency where you live, where your business is based and where you have a property or several properties.
- Use the Find Your Local MP search tool to find the MP in your area.
- When emailing or writing to local MPs, ensure that whatever you are concerned about provides a local “twist” to make it relevant to the constituency.
- Houses of Multiple Occupancy continue to be of concern to many MPs, particularly in those areas with a high volume of such accommodation, especially in student areas. Members might therefore seek to organise joint delegations of local landlords and tenants to meet with MPs. This would provide the MP with a photo opportunity.
- A vital consideration is to remain politically neutral and therefore consistent in all dealings with MPs. Contact with Conservative and Liberal Democrats targets should not attack the Government, but seek to suggest constructive solutions to the challenges facing the PRS, together with pertinent local statistics likely to be of interest to MPs in getting to know their constituency better.
- You should take account of the MPs knowledge. Many, for example, were sitting councillors and therefore may be very well versed in local issues pertinent to the PRS, others may not even have come from the area and will benefit from briefing.
- Please let us have feed back from those MPs contacted. This should be sent to the email below.
For further information or advice please contact Ed JAcobs, consultant to the RLA on 0113 278 0211 or email email@example.com.