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Meet with your MP

RCN members across the UK are campaigning to get the fair pay they deserve

How to contact your MP:

  • Send your MP an email or letter
  • Call your MP's office
  • Search your MP's website for public drop in sessions
  • Contact your MP on social media

Contact information for your MP can be found on the Parliament website.

If you haven't heard back from your MP after one week, follow up with a call to their constituency office.


Local support

Before arranging a meeting with your MP, please contact your local RCN office. We'll support you every step of the way.

Information to include:

  • Your full name, postcode and place of work. MPs can only meet with and act on behalf of people who live in their constituency.
  • The reason why you are contacting your MP, for example: 'To arrange a meeting to discuss nursing issues'.
  • Explain how the issue affects you personally and how this impacts on your MP's constituency, including the effect on patient care.

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What to do at your meeting:

  • Share your story: Explain how poor pay is affecting you, your family and place of work – maybe it’s getting too difficult to recruit new staff and you and your colleagues are bearing the brunt of this. Remember, you’re the expert in what you’ve experienced.
  • Ask Your MP to write to the Chancellor: Your MP can share your story in a letter to the Chancellor Philip Hammond and request extra funding be made available in the Budget on 22 November for an increase to nursing pay.
  • Take a picture: Share this on Facebook and Twitter using #closethegap and include your MPs Twitter handle so they can retweet it.

Follow up and feedback:

After your meeting, it's important to follow up with your MP. This is crucial to build your relationship with your MP. Your local office can support you to do this.

  • Ask your MP to become a nursing championThis is great way for your MP to show nursing staff in your constituency that they value and support the work you do. As a nursing champion, your MP will advocate for you and the wider nursing community in Parliament.

Meeting and influencing your MP: a toolkit

Meeting and influencing your MP: a toolkit

This is a practical guide to help you contact and meet with your MP, including some top tips on developing the relationship. 

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