We are at a crucial stage of the Lobbying Bill campaign to stop a Bill going through parliament that could limit our ability to campaign together and fight poverty around the world. And we need your help again to get the Bill changed - please join us at the Big Lobby!
By raising our voices together we succeeded in getting the government to agree to pause the passage of the Bill through Parliament. On the 10th December a new report from the Commission on Civil Society and Democratic Engagement (the body set up to scrutinise the bill because Parliament was rushing it through too quickly) will be released with recommendations on how the Bill needs to change. The Commission is backed by over 60 campaigning organisations, including ActionAid. In order to ensure we can still campaign together in the future we really need MPs and Lords to support these proposed changes to the Bill.
What you can do:
Come to the Big Lobby on the 10th December – join us at the Queen Elizabeth Hall at 11.30 to meet with your MP and Lords and make your voice heard.
What to do if you’re planning to come to the Big Lobby:
1. Let us know you’re planning to come by emailing email@example.com. We will send you out the lobby briefing guide shortly. There will also be a briefing on the day at 11.30.
2. Write to your MP or members of the House of Lords (Peers) and ask for a meeting on the 10th December. See template email below.
- You can find contact details for your MP here.
- Lords (or peers) aren’t assigned to particular constituencies so you can write to any Lords you want – you can find their contact details here. Labour Peers are already on side so please focus on meeting Conservative, Liberal Democrat, Cross-Bench or Spiritual Peers (although feel free to thank Labour Peers for their support). Make sure you don’t just focus on those at the top of the list. We need lots of Peers to be approached!
- Ask them to meet you at the Big Lobby event between 1:30 and 2:30 in Committee Room 4 in Parliament. If they can’t make this time, you can still meet at another mutually convenient time after 12.30.
3. Let us know what response you get.
4. Whatever response you get, please come along on the day anyway. We’ll be calling MPs on the day to get them to come down, and there will be plenty of Peers you can meet.
5. Please arrive at 11.30 for a Supporter Briefing on the 10th from 11.30-12.30 in the Wordsworth Room, Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, just opposite Parliament (Broad Sanctuary, London,SW1P 3EE) which will give you the opportunity to hear more about the Bill and the recommendations from the Commission.
We look forwards to seeing you on the 10th, and thanks for your support – it’s vital in helping us ensure we can continue to campaign together and fight poverty around the world
Sample email to your MP/ Peer:
Dear Xxxx (Remember to use the correct way of addressing a Peer)
I am an ActionAid supporter and I am passionate about the work they do. I am also passionate that, as a campaigner, I should be able to work through civil society organisations such as ActionAid to campaign on the things that matter to me, especially during the important year before an election.
Ahead of amendments being made to the Lobbying Bill in December, I would like to meet with you to show how important campaigning is to ActionAid’s work to support the world's poorest people.
I will be in London on 10th December alongside the supporters of many other organisations from across the political spectrum to show our support for civil society and the important role it plays in our democracy. I would appreciate an opportunity to have a brief meeting with you after 12:30pm on that day. Please let me know if you would be available.
I look forward to hearing from you.