Dear Mr Pursglove
I am a constituent of yours and, although it is extremely unlikely that I will ever vote for you, I would like to wish you well during your period as an MP. Being an MP is a great opportunity and also a great responsibility. I hope that your stay in the House of Commons is satisfying for you personally and that you feel that you have performed well for your constituents and the country as a whole.
I am writing to you to make you aware of something and to make you an offer, too.
I am the ‘author’ of an e-petition on the parliament website whose aim is to ban driven grouse shooting. https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/104441
In just about six weeks this e-petition has secured over 15,000 signatures (including 36 in your and my constituency). I’d be surprised if you, yourself, were very sympathetic to my cause but I thought I’d let you know about it. And, you never know, it might crop up in parliament one day.
Now the offer, if you would like to learn more about why we should ban driven grouse shooting then I will send you a copy of my book, Inglorious – conflict in the uplands. But there are a few conditions.
I’ll send you a copy of my book if you promise you’ll at least read a chapter or two AND that you will then EITHER send the book back to me OR pay me £15 for it OR you will pass it on to another Conservative MP with the same conditions attached (return or pay or pass on).
I wrote the book to influence the future management of upland Britain, and to do that I need to get its messages across to decision-makers – it seems sensible to include my own MP.
PS I write a daily blog and this email will appear on it tomorrow.