YLAL Campaign: Take Your MP To Work
(Sandy Martin MP (Labour, Ipswich) visiting Suffolk Law Centre for #TakeYourMPToWork campaign)
ACTION NEEDED: ASK YOUR MP TO VISIT THE LEGAL AID FRONTLINE
Young Legal Aid Lawyers and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Legal Aid are running a joint campaign: #TakeYourMPtoWork
We're organising MPs to visit law centres and legal advice clinics during June to see first-hand why comprehensive early legal advice is so vital. MPs will meet with legal aid lawyers and in many cases shadow an early legal advice sesion.
The government has committed to piloting early legal advice in one area of social welfare law (e.g. housing). We need them to recognise that social welfare problems are complex and often not confined to one area of law. The government must commit to a comprehensive early legal advice pilot.
We are planning to hold a Westminster Hall debate in Parliament where MPs who take part in our campaign can draw upon what they have seen on the #LegalAidFrontline.
Ask your MP to get involved
MPs from across the country and the political spectrum have already signed up to take part.
If you are represented by any of these MPs, then no further action is needed:
Bob Blackman, Tom Brake, Karen Buck, Robert Buckland, Richard Burgon, Ruth Cadbury, Alex Chalk, Neil Coyle, John Cryer, Janet Dabey, Jim Fitzpatrick, Kate Green, John Grogan, Rupa Huq, Norman Lamb, Caroline Lucas, Sandy Martin, Paul Maynard, Matthew Pennycook, Luke Pollard, Will Quince, Yasmin Qureshi, Christina Rees, Andy Slaughter, Anna Soubry, Jo Stevens, Stephen Twigg, Catherine West.
We are confirming more and more MPs to take part but we need your help!
Not sure who your MP is? Check here.
We want to make lots of noise about this on Twitter to encourage MPs to sign up. We'll arrange the visit, all you need to do is ask your MP. If your MP replies, we will contact them directly via email.
If Twitter isn't your thing, you can also write to your Your MP's email should be available here or by googling them.
TEMPLATE EMAIL: TAKE YOUR MP TO WORK
Dear XXXXXXX MP,
I am writing to you as your constituent and as a member of Young Legal Aid Lawyers (YLAL). I am asking you to find out more about the legal aid crisis and take part in YLAL and the APPG on Legal Aid’s #TakeYourMPtoWork campaign
The government has committed to piloting early legal advice in one area of social welfare law (likely housing). However, social welfare problems are complex and often not confined to one area of law. As I’m sure you know from your surgeries, people’s housing problems are quite often have their roots in debt or welfare benefits issues. For early legal advice to be effective, people need help when a problem first arises.
As part of the #TakeYourMPtoWork campaign
MPs from across the country and the political spectrum have already signed up to take part and I hope you will join them. This includes the new Legal Aid Minister, Paul Maynard, and the Shadow Justice Secretary, Richard Burgon as well as Tom Brake, Yasmin Qureshi, Christina Rees, Anna Soubry, Caroline Lucas, Alex Chalk and many others.
A Westminster Hall debate in Parliament will be held where MPs who take part in our campaign can draw upon what they have seen on the #LegalAidFrontline.
I look forward to hearing from you soon so that YLAL and the APPG can arrange your visit.
If you have any questions about #TakeYourMPtoWork, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take Your MP to Work has been in the news!
Here's the text of a template email for you to send to your MP.
Visits by Members of Parliament