Get to know your MP
Your local MP is your link to Parliament. They influence decisions which affect the future of the world’s poorest people.
By becoming a CAFOD MP Correspondent (MPC), you can help to ensure that the voices of many of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people are heard in the corridors of power.
Through letters and meetings with MPs, CAFOD supporters have already helped change government policy. We’ve helped secure tough laws to tackle climate change, and ensure the UK are world-leading in their overseas aid contribution.
Our MP Correspondent Guide will tell you how to get in touch with your MP and give you our top lobbying tips:
Sign up to be an MPC and we will send you letters or emails three or four times a year asking you to contact your MP when you can make a real difference.*
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Recent MPC Actions
Ask your MP to stand up for refugees and migrants
Pope Francis declared 2018 a ‘unique opportunity’ to put pressure on governments to step up to the challenge of unprecedented global migration. As a result of your actions, the UK Government joined other world leaders in September and December 2018 to agree two new and crucial UN Compacts on refugees and migration. Read CAFOD's take on the Global Compacts.
Call for peace in the Holy Land
Thank you for writing to your MP to call for a renewed peace process in the Holy Land. By writing to your MP, you helped to push this issue higher up the government’s agenda. We will continue to pray alongside Pope Francis ‘that wisdom and prudence prevail, to avoid adding new elements of tension in a world already shaken and scarred by many cruel conflicts’. Join us in praying for peace.
General election 2017
Thank you for speaking up during the general election 2017. Hundreds of you have contacted your candidates, calling on them to tackle poverty, climate change, and build a fairer future for the world’s poorest communities. As a result of your actions, candidates from all political parties have heard that these are issues that their constituents care about.
Trade for the common good
On 23 June 2016, Britain voted to leave the EU. One of the results of this is that the UK will be responsible for setting our own trade policy. Our new trade policy ought to promote our own interests, but also overcome poverty, respect human rights and protect the environment. Over 100 MPs heard our message on trade directly from their constituents (over a quarter of MPs) and several have asked parliamentary questions to International Trade minister Liam Fox.
UK Aid debate in Parliament
In June 2016, you asked your MP to attend the UK aid debate in Parliament and to speak up for the world’s poorest people. UK aid saves a life every two minutes. It transforms communities for good. With your support, there were more MPs attending than there were chairs. 37 MPs spoke up about aid, with 33 strongly in favour, giving a wide range of reasons why aid works; and no MPs actually opposed the size of the 0.7% aid budget. Read more about the aid debate and how your taking action helped MPs keep their promise to aid.