Have an impact on national breast cancer services by taking part in our campaigning with your MP in your local area.
Arranging to meet your MP gives you a chance to discuss how important breast cancer and share your experiences face to face. It can be one of the most effective ways of getting an MP’s support.
This page is for supporters in England campaigning on the NHS Long Term Plan but you can still visit your MP on national health issues in Scotland, Wales or NI – simply contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more advice and support.
How to set up a meeting
You can find your MP and their contact details on the www.Parliament.uk website by entering your postcode. The website will provide you with their office phone number and email address.
To set up a meeting, call or email your MP’s office to book an appointment – their office will be able to tell you where and when you can meet and for how long. It’s a good idea to let them know you’ll be coming to discuss breast cancer beforehand, this will allow them to prepare and means you don’t have to spend too long explaining the issue when you meet.
If you want to talk to your MP about the #55000Reasons campaign download and print out two copies of our briefing. It explains what we’re looking for in the NHS Long Term Plan, and why we need them to take action. You can give one to the MP and keep one yourself to refer to while you meet them.
When you get to your meeting
- Introduce yourself.
- Let them know that you have come to talk about the #55000Reasons campaign and tell them how breast cancer has affected you or your friends and family.
- Ask your MP to write to Health Secretary Matt Hancock saying they have seen you and it is important breast cancer is remembered in the NHS Long Term Plan. Try to get a commitment from them to write to the Health Secretary.
- If your MP happens to be Matt Hancock, as Health Secretary, the power is in his hands! Make sure to leave him with a powerful impression of the effect breast cancer has had on you and your family and friends, and ask him directly to make sure it’s covered in the NHS Long Term Plan.
A few tips to remember
- Try to be at your MPs office a few minutes before your meeting is due to start. MPs have packed diaries and they’re likely to be seeing lots of other constituents as well as you. If you’re late, that may mean you get less time to speak with them.
- Remember you don’t need to be an expert, just passionate about the issue. Your MP will not expect you to know everything
- After the meeting, write to your MP to thank them for seeing you. This gives you an opportunity to confirm what you discussed and to remind them to write to Health Secretary Matt Hancock MP.
- If you haven’t heard anything from them in three weeks then you can get in touch to ask them if there’s been any progress.