Writing to your MP is a great way for them to hear about your priorities and take steps to support you and others working in the creative industries both locally and throughout the UK. With 140 new MPs now in place, it is more important than ever that we harness our collective efforts to communicate who we are, what we do, and highlight where we need their support.
We’ve compiled a draft email (or letter) below for you to send to your local MP, which includes the top concerns currently facing the creative industries, as informed by our members. We’ve also put together this handy infographic of key stats to attach to your letter or email. You can find your newly elected MP and their contact details by typing in your postcode into Parliament’s website.
The key is to make it personal and tangible - include a bit about your organisation, business, or freelance work, and add any particular concerns that are unique to you. If you don’t have a specific ask, we’ve recommended that you invite them to your place of work for a meeting to help bring to life the fantastic activity that our sector undertakes.
Don’t forget to include your postcode! It’s parliamentary protocol that MPs respond to constituents only. It might take a short while for your MP to respond, but they should do so in time. Be persistent, and follow up with them if you don’t think their response is satisfactory. If you need any further support, please contact Hari from our Policy and Public Affairs team - firstname.lastname@example.org.
TEMPLATE EMAIL / LETTER:
Dear [MP name],
Congratulations on your [re-]appointment as Member of Parliament for [constituency name].
I’m writing to introduce myself / [organisation name] and to invite you to visit our offices / premises / space for a meeting to discuss our priorities [if you have a specific concern, highlight it briefly here].
[Outline in two or three lines what your organisation is, does, and its key successes. If you’re a freelancer, outline your areas of focus, businesses / projects you’ve worked for and with, and your key successes.]
My organisation is part of / I work in the creative industries - a sector that contributes over £100bn in GVA to the UK and is growing at twice the rate of the economy as a whole. Please find attached an infographic that outlines further details.
Ahead of the General Election, the Creative Industries Federation published a Creative Industries Manifesto to highlight our sector’s top priorities. In the New Year, we will collectively work with our peers across industry, government, and parliament to ensure that the sector continues to succeed.
I would like to draw your attention in particular to… [If you have a specific priority / concern that’s unique to your organisation or work, include a brief outline here.]
I would welcome a meeting / would like to invite you to our offices / space at your soonest convenience to share more about our work and discuss the above priorities. Please do let me know when would work well for you.
I look forward to hearing from you.
[full address, including postcode]
CLICK THE 'DOWNLOAD' LINK BELOW TO ACCESS THE INFOGRAPHIC OF KEY STATS