20 March 2020
In the UK’s General Election last year, 150 new MPs were elected with hundreds more re-elected from the last parliament. The RCSLT is now working nationally to influence the new parliament.
Kamini Gadhok, RCSLT chief executive has written to all MPs highlighting the role of speech and language therapists in helping to transform the lives of those with communication and/or swallowing needs. Included in this briefing note are tips on voice care, communicating with people who have communication needs, producing accessible literature and organising a communication-accessible office.
But we’re also keen to support you to engage with your MPs locally. MPs will have a particular interest in how you support their constituents. To help you with this, we have produced the following resources:
- A toolkit on how to engage with MPs whether you have five minutes or an hour to spare.
- A toolkit for meeting MPs – available from the RCSLT on the contact details below.
To support you to contact your MPs directly, we have written a template email for you to personalise and send. All you need is about 10 minutes and your postcode. Feel free to include personalised information about your work, for example, your top tips to support better lives for people with communication and swallowing needs or some short examples of the difference you have made to people’s lives.
Check: Before contacting your local MPs, check if your employer has guidance on engaging with MPs. This may affect what you can do in work time, including, for example, whether you can contact them using your work email address.
You can contact your MPs here:
Most matters relating to health, education and justice are devolved so decisions on them are not usually made at Westminster, but in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast. However, MPs from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will still be interested in how you support their constituents.
If you would like any more information, or advice, please contact: