The best possible letter to write to your MP is one you write yourself, that explains why the issue is important to you, there is no need to be a disarmament expert, just speak from the heart. If you don’t have an existing relationship with your MP, have a read of our MP lobbying guide to get started.
If you’re pushed for time, here’s a sample letter you could use feel free to amend to reflect your own thoughts. It might be worth mentioning all the other local MPs who’ve recently signed up – for example the majority of Sheffield MPs are now signatories 🙂
Dear [insert Your MPs name],
I’m writing to ask you to express support for the UN’s Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The treaty was agreed by the vast majority of world nations in July 2017, and prohibits nations from developing, testing, producing, manufacturing, transferring, possessing, stockpiling, using or threatening to use nuclear weapons, or allowing nuclear weapons to be stationed on their territory.
Due to the collapse of international arms control treaties, there are less restrictions on nuclear weapons than at any time in the last 40 years. In contravention of their commitments under the Non-Proliferation Treaty all nuclear states including the UK have boycotted treaty negotiations and are upgrading their arsenals. This makes the world less secure. The International Committee of the Red Cross & Red Crescent have said it would be impossible to respond to any use of nuclear weapons whether deliberate or accidental.
The Nobel Prize winning International Campaign for Nuclear Weapons have launched a “pledge” that parliamentarians around the world have signed, to indicate their support for the treaty (including many in the UK). Is this something you would consider offering your support to? The full text of the pledge can be found here: http://www.icanw.org/projects/pledge/
I look forward to hearing from you regarding this matter,
[Your full name and postcode]
OK Let’s Do this!
The only vital info to include is your address so they know you’re a constituent. Don’t worry, remember, MPs work for us!