Writing to your MP is one of the most important campaign actions you can take. It's vital that MPs see the monarchy as a live issue that really matters to voters.
What should I write about?
First, check our campaign updates to see if there's a current issue you can write about. These will explain exactly what we want MPs to do and contain lots of background information to include in your letter.
What if there aren't any current issues?
You can always write to your MP about the monarchy more generally. You could say that you've just joined Republic and want to find out their view on the issue, for example.
Will it really make a difference?
Yes. MPs really do pay attention to what their constituents think, even it doesn't always seem that way. It also makes our job easier - if Republic sends out a parliamentary briefing, for example, an MP is much more likely to read and act on it if they've been contacted by constituents about that issue.
Writing to your MP
To send an email simply enter your postcode in the box below and follow the instructions to send a message via the Write to them website at www.writetothem.com. You can also use this site to write to your MSP, AM or MEP.
You can write a letter to your MP at:
House of Commons
London SW1A 0AA
Tips for writing to politicians
Don't expect miracles: an MP who's an avowed monarchist is unlikely to be persuaded by one email. But lots of emails from different constituents over time could cause them to take a more critical view. And don't forget that many MPs who support the monarchy still have concerns about its powers, funding and lack of accountability.
- Keep it brief. Politicians are very busy and receive many emails every day. Brief emails are more likely to be read in depth and taken seriously – try not to exceed 150 words.
- Be clear. Get to the point as quickly and as clearly as possible in your letter. Make it clear what exactly you want the politician to do, whether that's supporting a bill or simply responding to your letter. Using bullet points can help, especially if you're asking more than one thing.
- Stick to the point. Write about one issue at a time. Don't confuse things by including a long list of concerns and grievances.
- Be polite. Politicians are inevitably less likely to acknowledge or respond to letters that appear hostile. If you come across as fair and reasonable you should receive a reply.
- Check what their views are first. Before you write, see if your MP has made any public statements on the monarchy and tailor your letter accordingly. Politicians are much more likely to give you a proper response if you've made the effort to find out their views in advance. If your MP is already a supporter of Republic, be sure to acknowledge that and thank them.
- Let them know if you voted for them, or if you're a member of their party. Politicians should treat all constituents equally, but they may be more open with you if they know you voted for them or that you belong to the same party.
- Only write to your constituency MP. There is a strict parliamentary convention that MPs will only act on correspondence from their constituents. There is no point in writing to lots of MPs at the same time. If you want to write to a government minister, ask your constituency MP to forward your letter to them – most will be happy to do this.
- Follow up. It's quite likely that your first response from your MP will be a generic one drafted by their party's head office, especially if they've received lots of similar emails. But your correspondence doesn't have to stop there. If you're unhappy with your MP's reply you can always write back and explain why - this often leads to a more considered and personal response.
- Let us know. Please do pass on any responses your receive from your MP. This allows us to build a more detailed picture of political support and can help us decide which politicians to approach for help. Please bear in mind that we have limited resources and can't respond to every email, but it will be acted on.