Background: by midweek I need to write a letter to an MP; this letter will serve to inform / brief the MP on specifics regarding the credit crunch / housing crisis as it has manifested itself to date, and may continue to unfold in London.
I've been verbally informed by the MP's staff that as the subject is of much interest to the addressee, this letter may lead to a brief meeting to take place in early September.
- How does one address a Member of Parliament (MP) in a letter?
- How does one verbally address an MP, both on telephone and in a face to face?
- Any other points of protocol regarding meeting with an MP?
When dealing with staff I've been getting by with Yes/No Mam/Sir (I'm an American country boy and was raised proper), but I'd clearly like to show appropriate respect if things move forward. I have corresponded with Senators in America on US financial issues in the past, but have absolutely no idea about UK practices.
I realise that impressions have strong impact on messages, and considering what's at stake as well as the opportunity a personal introduction / meeting with an MP affords, I urgently need to make the best possible impression.
Many thanks for your help!