When should I meet my MP?

Where possible, meeting should happen before 15th February . The report from the commission looking into FOI will be published around mid-February, and then the cabinet will make their decision.We would like our MPs to have your meeting fresh in their head when the report is released, and to then put pressure on the cabinet to protect, and even extend Freedom of Information laws.

How should I contact my MP?

Make sure you have a phone with you, then click here. This will bring you to a page to call your MP and set up the meeting online.

I tried to contact my MP, but it says a meeting is already set up

It looks like another member in your constituency has set up the MP meeting already – so why not go along and support them? There’ll be a link to RSVP once you sign into the website here.

What should I discuss with my MP?

You can talk about your views on Freedom of Information: why it’s important to you, why it should be protected and even extended, and what Freedom of Information means for a democratic Britain. You can find out where they stand on it – and ask them to represent your views to the cabinet.

Don’t worry, there’ll be a briefing guide sent to you by email and we’ll put it here too as soon as it’s ready. It’ll contain some information about FOI aswell as some examples of how FOI has played an important role nationally and in your local area.

What if my MP can't meet with me, or doesn't want to meet?

There’s a couple of things you could do:

– First, remind them the meeting can just be part of their surgery, and wouldn’t have to last very long.

– Also, let them know that you’ll be letting local media know about the event (the office team will show you how to do this before the meeting happens, and other 38 Degrees members in your area can help out too).
If you still have concerns, why not talk with other members about this, and any other aspects of MP meetings you want to discuss ? There’s a forum made for this where members from across the country can discuss how organising their meetings is going here: https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/foi-meetings-discussion-forum

How will other members know to attend?

Please don’t worry – the office team will send out an email to others in your area with plenty of notice. Once it’s listed on the organise hub, the wheels are all in motion. It’s best to set it up on the organise hub straight away, so that we can send out an invite as soon as possible.

How do I talk to other members who are coming along to the meeting?

You can talk to other 38 Degrees members who have RSVP’ed to the meeting on the organise hub, here

I have more questions about the day/how to prepare for it

Why not chat with other 38 Degrees members who are gearing up to do the same thing as you? Here is a forum to talk about how to get local media, deal with tricky MPs, and make the most of your day.

My question wasn't answered through the forum

You can email in at emailtheteam@38degrees.org.uk or call 020 7970 6023.