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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*If you sign up for emails you will still receive CAFOD’s magazine Side by Side and other occasional mailings in the post
How MP Correspondents Have Made A Difference
Cancel the debt
Ahead of the July 2020 meeting of the finance ministers of G20 countries, you wrote to your MPs, asking them to call on Chancellor Rishi Sunak to push for rapid debt cancellation. Many of you also signed our coronavirus petition, where you showed your concern about the economic impact of coronavirus and the burden of debt. The economic effects of coronavirus will be felt for years to come. Join us in speaking out on the injustice of debt.
Building a relationship with new MPs
With the 2019 General Election, a wave of new MPs joined Parliament. you used this opportunity to introduce yourself as a constituent who is inspired by their faith to take action on social justice. For many, this was not only the first step to getting to know their MP, whether newly elected or not; it was a chance to establish a new dialogue on issues affecting our common home. Watch our message on why voting matters.
Defend the Defenders
In September 2019, you used your voice to speak out for human rights defenders protecting our sisters and brothers and our common home. We asked for MPs to support UK law that called for companies on the London Stock Exchange to practice human rights due diligence and to show support for a new UN treaty on business and human rights. The fight to protect human rights defenders continues, and we need your voice. Learn more about our work with human rights defenders.
The Time is Now massy lobby of Parliament
Thank you to the thousands of you for travelling to London to meet with your MP about protecting our common home. In June 2019, 12,000 people came to Westminster (some catching a coach as early as 4am!) to speak up for the world’s poorest communities on the frontlines of the climate crisis. As a result of your actions, the Government passed into law a new net zero target by 2050. We must continue to push the UK to go further, faster to ensure that target is met. Find out how you can help renew and rebuild our common home.