I write to my local MP quite frequently now because he’s a repulsive slimy ex UKIP bastard (Craig Mackinlay) who is always on the wrong side of everything, doesn’t care about anyone and usually makes some offensive comment along the way. I know I’m not going to change his mind about anything, it’s just good to create work for him, knowing he’s obliged to reply.
Previous MPs include David Lammy and Caroline Lucas. I don’t think I ever personally wrote to them, because they were always really on the ball about issues.
I most recently wrote to my MP (Kevin Brennan) about condemning Trump’s response to the BLM protests and the sale of arms to US police forces - I got an amazing, well thought out reply that far exceeded my expectations tbf. Think it’s worth doing anyway, if I had a worse MP I’d write to them more.
Never wrote to one but a now retired Labour MP came to my door once asking if I wanted anything done in the neighbourhood - mentioned our bin sheds were getting ransacked and he promised to get locks out on them. He did, and kept me informed by letter the whole way. I was quite impressed by the whole experience
Wrote to Thangam Debbonaire* to complain that Labour supporting furlough payments rather than a nationwide moratorium on rent and mortgage payments was short-sighted policy making and ultimately a huge cash-grab for the rich. Got a reply that was essentially the same soundbites from the interview that prompted my complaint.
*She is my MP but I was writing to her more in her capacity as Shadow Housing and Homelessness Secretary
Literally facebook friends with my MP where I used to live and whatsapp him sometimes, because when I met him he’d not yet stood as parliamentary candidate and was one of the first people to talk to me in my CLP, but by all accounts he’s a GBoMP now. Momentum, obviously.]
Just moved into a Tory hellhole, so might start writing letters to complain about Just Fucking Everything. Thanks for the reminder!
I wrote to a couple of MPs last month after my boss told everyone in the company to, trying to get more support for our sector. The Labour MP for where I live never got back to me, but I’ve got a Zoom call next week with the Tory MP for the place where the office is.
My constituency is massively gerrymandered- it makes no geographical sense. They split Margate in half, and attached my half + Ramsgate (ie where Labour voters in the area live) to a load of villages round by Sandwich full of old people. The other half was then put with a load of other villages full of bungalows of old people in the opposite direction.