Here are some words you could use to write to your MP about a hoped-for debate on driven grouse shooting.
This link will help you find your MP and their email address or postal address, provided you know their name or the name of the constituency in which you live. You should only write to your own MP. Many MPs have their own websites with online forms that ask you for your details – they are quite easy to use. If you simply email your MP then you should include your name and address to confirm that you are a constituent of theirs.
You should get an acknowledgement of your email pretty quickly – it may simply be an automated response at this stage – that’s fine.
I would be very grateful if you would let me know that you have contacted your MP by emailing me at [email protected] with your name, the name of your MP, the name of your constituency. When you get a substantial reply from your MP I would be grateful if you would let me know. If you use the template below then I would be grateful if you would let me know whether your MP says he/she will try to attend any debate, whether she/he intends to speak, and any indication of the line they might take.
The more emails that are sent the better. Please don’t assume that someone else will do it so you don’t have to – they may be thinking the same. Please do let me know that you have done this – I will be keen to help you with any ensuing correspondence on this subject – you aren’t alone in this. If you have never emailed or written to your MP before – don’t be afraid, they are all too human.
Dear [name of your MP]
I am a constituent of yours and I signed the e-petition on the parliament website entitled Ban Driven Grouse Shooting https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/125003. That e-petition has passed 100,000 signatures and therefore is expected to receive a debate in Westminster Hall some time later than 9 October. In our constituency of [name of constituency] XXX people have supported this petition. [You can look up the number by using this link http://petitionmap.unboxedconsulting.com/?petition=125003].
I hope that when the date of the debate is determined you will be able to attend the debate – would it be your intention to do so?
I hope that when the debate occurs you might feel able to represent my views in that debate. I want to see driven grouse shooting banned/stronger regulation of driven grouse shooting/changes in the way our hills are managed [select one of these or use your own words]. Do you think you would be able to speak on that subject?
I would be grateful for your response and the opportunity to brief you on the subject if you are planning to attend the debate.
and address if you haven’t already given it.