Over the last few weeks European Movement UK together with our partners Britain for Europe, Scientists for Europe and Healthier in have shown the Liberal Democrats, Labour and the Conservatives the strength of feeling across the country against Brexit. Now it’s time for us to take the message direct to MPs as they go about their work in Parliament and that is why together we are organising a lobby of Parliament and Conference on Tuesday 24 October.
A mass lobby of Parliament impacts forcefully on MPs. It shows them that their constituents feel so strongly about an issue that they are prepared to travel to London on a weekday to talk to them about it. And they see that this is happening not just to them but to lots of other MPs too. We need to show them that there is widespread and deeply rooted support for the UK remaining within the EU as a country that champions peace, prosperity, human rights and protection of the environment.
As coming to London for the day is a big commitment for many people, we are organising a Conference alongside the lobby. It will focus on current developments in Parliament, how public opinion on Brexit is changing, the impact on the UK of political changes in France and Germany and how we can build our strength to have maximum impact, both locally and nationally. Speakers include Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP, David Lammy MP, Susie Courtault, Julia Cavalier, Mike Galsworthy, Ian Dunt and Quentin Peel.
There will also be time to share experience and expertise from across local groups to help us strengthen and expand our campaigning. During the lunch break, if you wish you will be able to meet up with other groups in your area.
What you need to do now
1. Contact your MP(s)
If you haven’t had recent contact with one or more of the MPs in your group’s area, please contact them as soon as possible and ask for a meeting with them on Tuesday 24 October. The person writing to them should be one of their constituents. Explain that you are attending a lobby day and conference to support the campaign to ensure that the UK remains a member of the European Union.
Please keep a record of the contact you have with the MP’s office, including copies of any emails and notes of your phone conversations. If an MP doesn’t reply or says they are unable to meet you, you will be able to try to see them on the day of the lobby by putting in a card in the Central Lobby of the House of Commons. In any case, attendance at the conference is not dependent on lobbying an MP and we need as many people and groups as possible, with banners of course, in the group photograph.
If you have met with one or more of your MPs recently or already have a good relationship with them and it would seem odd to ask to lobby them, you can still join us for the day and attend the Conference. You can also write to your MPs to let them know about the lobby and ask them whether they would like to have a photograph taken with your group for sending to the local paper with a press release.
It would be preferable to avoid meeting MPs between 11:00 and 12:30, as there will be a group photograph and a pre-lobby briefing during this time.