Here are MPs from whom you have told me that you have had substantive replies (I’m sure there are, and will be, many more):
- Tobias Ellwood, Bournemouth East
- Chris Heaton-Harris, Daventry
- Jo Johnson, Orpington
- Oliver Letwin, West Dorset
- Tom Pursglove, Corby
- Rishi Sunak, Richmond
- Bill Wiggin, North Herefordshire
- Paul Blomfield, Sheffield Central
- Sarah Champion, Rotherham
- Anneliese Dodds, Oxford East
- Peter Kyle, Hove
Lib Dem MPs:
- Tim Farron, Westmorland and Lonsdale
Some readers of this blog have had unrealistic expectations of the speed with which their MPs might respond. All of the above have been quite quick by usual standards!
Also, some readers of this blog have unrealistic expectations of the type of response which they might get. We cannot expect all 650 MPs in the House of Commons to be experts on, or even interested in, the things that exercise us. So, most MPs will be responding off the cuff, or using information that they have in their heads from previous correspondence, or will have been supplied generic ‘environmental responses’ by their party machine.
As in the case of my MP’s response (see here) the response that you get from your MP will contain vaguely relevant but at times misleading information, and rarely will you get direct answers to the questions that you asked. It is perfectly reasonable for you to point this out to your MP and ask them to do better (see here for what I sent my MP). In particular it is perfectly reasonable for you to ask your Conservative MP to get a better response to your points from Defra and to ask Defra to fix a meeting between Michael Gove and Chris Packham to discuss these matters.
If you support Chris Packham and the other authors of the People’s Manifesto for Wildlife then you can make a difference by:
- writing to your MP if you haven’t done so already and asking them what they think of the manifesto (which they now have received as a hard copy) and asking them what they will do to help implement its proposals
- sending me a copy of the response you get from your MP so that I can provide generic advice on this blog about how to respond
- writing back to your MP asking them some more questions and asking for more help (don’t be fobbed off by an inadequate response even if it might come on thick, yellow, embossed House of Commons stationery).
I will summarise some of the common themes in the responses so far over the next couple of days.
Starting next week (ie from 26 October) I will provide an update on MPs’ responses each Friday morning on this blog and updated advice to help you to get your MP to work for you and for wildlife.