Request a meeting with your local MP
If you would like to organise a meeting with your MP the draft below should make a good starting point. We always strongly encourage people to personalise their messages, but the text below could serve as inspiration.
If your MP agrees to a meeting, let us know by clicking the email icon below. There are supporters of PR all over the country and we should be able to get a good turnout for the meeting. You don't have to be an expert on electoral systems - we can suggest points for you to raise.
The more of us go in person to tell our MPs why we need PR, the more impact we will have. We can put you in touch with other PR supporters in your area to lobby your MP as a group.
My name is ________ and I live in the _______ constituency. I am part of Make Votes Matter, the campaign for Proportional Representation in the House of Commons. We are committed to changing our electoral system from the current “First Past the Post” to a system in which every vote counts and that all voters are fairly represented in parliament.
I am writing to ask you to meet with me and other concerned constituents to discuss our electoral system. I would be grateful if you could let me know when you are available to meet so I can arrange an appropriate venue within the constituency. If this is inconvenient, perhaps we could arrange an appointment at your surgery.The electoral system matters to your constituents. It has created a situation in which millions of voters are deprived of representation. The Green Party, Lib Dems and UKIP received over 11% of the vote (3.5 million) between them. These parties now share 2% of seats in the House of Commons, with UKIP completely unrepresented despite winning nearly 600,000 votes. As a result, votes were highly unequal in value. It took 28,000 votes to elect each SNP MP, but over half a million to elect one Green MP. An SNP vote was worth 19 Green votes.Every independent national poll taken on the issue has found an overwhelming majority in support of the principle of proportionality. Unfortunately, the 2011 Referendum proposed a system that is no more proportional than the present one. With Parliament less representative of the population than ever, there is an urgent need to reconsider whether there are better democratic models than the one we currently have.
I hope to hear from you soon.
All the best,