Signing our petition isn’t enough – we need you to write to your own MP directly. Regardless of whether you voted for them or not, it’s their job to represent and listen to their constituents, and we need them to understand our campaign and come to the lobby of Parliament on 12th October.
We’re finalizing the code which will let you do this from this website, but you can still write to your MP in the meantime. It should only take a minute or two:
- Go to http://findyourmp.parliament.uk/. You’ll find your MP, and a link to their contact details. You can also look them up in the MP directory.
- Write your letter—feel free to use the template below as a guide—and use your own email program to send it to your MP! It’s that simple.
- Feel free to customize the template: for example, if you’re a scientist or engineer, you could explain where you work and why you feel your science is worth funding. If you’re a non-scientist but supportive of science, you could explain briefly why you feel it’s worth saving. Please put in some personal details, scientists you know, how you appreciate your MP’s concern for their constituents, etc. Don’t forget to add your details where indicated, and to delete the sentence about attending the lobby if you don’t plan to go!
- Your MP is obliged to respond, and the more letters they receive, the stronger the impact will be.
- If you haven’t already, don’t forget to sign the petition!
Subject: Science is Vital – Please sign EDM 767 and attend lobby on 12th October
I am one of your constituents. I would like you to:
- sign EDM 767 – Science is Vital (http://bit.ly/edm767)
- sign the Science is Vital petition – (http://scienceisvital.org.uk/sign-the-petition)
- and attend a lobby in Parliament on 12 October (15.30, Committee Room 10).
The evidence is clear that investing in research brings a range of economic and social benefits, and that severe cuts at the very moment that our competitor nations are investing more could jeopardize the future of UK science:
[[THE MAIN POINTS YOU NEED TO MAKE]]
- Cuts will harm the economy
- Cuts will waste the investment already made in facilities and people
- Cuts will hurt world-class research, not eliminate waste
The Science is Vital [http://scienceisvital.org.uk/] coalition, along with the Campaign for Science and Engineering [http://www.sciencecampaign.org.uk], are calling upon the Government to set out a supportive strategy, including public investment goals above or at least in step with economic growth. Without such investment and commitment the UK risks its international reputation, its market share of high-tech manufacturing and services, the ability to respond to urgent and long-term national scientific challenges, and the economic recovery.
I have signed the petition at http://scienceisvital.org.uk/sign-the-petition/. [DELETE IF YOU DO NOT PLAN TO ATTEND: I hope to speak to you in person about this on 12 October.] I look forward to hearing from you.