Background: as per my previous question
and comment in a MeFi thread
, I've gotten myself involved in UK Politics.
I addressed another meeting of our local Council, we had some demonstrators outside and personally contacted all 51 Councillors before and after the meeting. It seems as through our pitch is now hitting it's stride as multiple newspapers carried story of our most recent engagement (even one that was previously negative towards us), we got an interview on radio and brief television spot as a result. Several of the local councilors are now contacting us, and I've been invited to their surgeries "for a chat" which I'm (optimistically) interpreting as a good sign.
We've had an MP down on the estate twice now, and not only did he write and distribute a scathing press release (which seriously helped drive media attention), his advisors told us he's planning to author an Early Day Motion
in Parliament on our behalf.
So how do we support such a motion from our side? We're really looking for UK specific cultural help here, the do's and the don'ts. So is lobbying each and every MP to sign the motion accepted or would it be considered too aggressive? Sidenote: this is precisely the tactic we've been using with all 51 of LBTH's Councillors, and we haven't been rebuffed yet but we realise an MP is a big step up in UK visibility & importance.
If lobbying is accepted, how to proceed? We have our email, letter writing & telephoning engine tuned pretty well, and as an organisation are capable of deluging our targeted officials lots of contact originating from a broad spectrum of folks, but is this type of activity done at the MP level? Or is one (e.g., letter writing) favoured over another? Once again, we seriously don't want to cross any cultural boundaries here.
Most of the folks in our organisation have never even worked with the local Councillors, so this has been a learning experience for all of us (especially me as I'm American) and getting involved at the Parliamentary level will no doubt be another eye opener.
Are there any other ways besides lobbying that we can support an Early Day Motion from our side?