Together, we're doing a great job of keeping the pressure on Barclays to stop promoting tax havens in Africa. Thousands of us have taken action by emailing our MPs, and we know MPs are already starting to contact Barclays CEO Antony Jenkins passing on the concerns of constituents. The support from MPs we've generated so far has even caught the attention of the media. This is great news - this kind of pressure will be hard for Barclays to ignore.
Flooding MP's inboxes with emails is a great way to get an issue on their agenda, but speaking to them in person is the best way to explain exactly what they problem is and convince them to act. We need your help to hammer the message home and make sure that MP's take action.
Meet your MP
Will you take the next step and join people like David to meet with your MP to ask them to take action? If you can't find the time to meet, a telephone call is great too!
Contacting your MP is actually really easy. You can find the number of your MP's constituency office on their website. When you call, you'll either speak to an assistant or get an answer machine. Either way, if you explain what you're calling about you could arrange to meet at a convenient time in future, or wait for them to call you back. 26 of our Community Campaigners like David (pictured right) have already asked for meetings with their MPs.
Our lobbying guide will walk you through arranging a meeting, preparing, what to say when you get there and how to follow up.
There are three things your MP could do to make a real difference:
- Write to Barclays' CEO Antony Jenkins, passing on concerns about Barclays promotion of tax havens in Africa.
- Sign the Early Day Motion other MPs have tabled (a kind of Parliamentary petition).
- Ask a question in Parliament about the activities of Barclays' Offshore Corporate Division in Africa.
There's a lot at stake here. If Barclays stops promoting tax havens in Africa, this could help developing countries raise much more from businesses, to fund basic services like health and education. It would also send a strong message to banks and businesses across the UK - promoting tax havens is immoral and the British public have had enough.
Let me know if you're up for speaking to your MP, and I'll do everything I can to help make it easy. You could join a campaigner teleconference to go through everything you need to know on Monday 31st March at 7pm, or Thursday April 10th at 6:30pm. To book to attend a teleconference, ask questions or just to let me know you have approached your MP, call me on 0203 1220 683 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for your support!