An MP represents their constituents. This is regardless of their party politics, or any other role they have in Government. Your MP is duty, and honour, bound, to represent your views in Parliament. Invitation to events like the Breastfeeding Picnic, need to come from a constituent, in order for the MP to take it seriously. Not a letter to David Cameron, or to Nick Clegg. But to your MP. This is particularly important if David Cameron of Nick Clegg is your MP. If they are, please invite them NOW to the Westminster event: they will not respond to an invite from anyone not in their constituency.
Parliament works on the merits of the individual MPs in the parties. Even if you have an MP you don't like, or who is not the MP you would have chosen... please invite them. Especially if they are a new MP, joining the House for the first time this session. The timing of the picnic is for the last few days of the Summer sitting. There will be a lot of 'new' MPs who will be anxious to meet their constituents, and to hear their views. Write to them, invite them, speak up for the rights of babies in the UK.
If they are not going to be in Westminster that day, see if they can attend a local picnic. That's the whole point of local picnics, to make the point that this is about the whole of the UK.
We know from previous picnics, that many of you hesitate to write your own letters. So we offer the following outline, for you to consider. But please remember that your words, will hold more weight, than an obvious 'stock' letter. Use the letter by all means, if you really can't face the thought of writing one yourself... but your own words, in your own style, allows your MP to respond to you. Give it a try! :-)
In order to find your MP, hit this link, put in your postcode, and the UK Parliament search engine will do the rest. If you then hit on your MP's name, contact details will come up, including a hit link on their eddress.
As a constituent, I'd like to invite you to the Annual Breastfeeding Picnic, in Westminster on Monday July 19th, 2010. This year's event is being run under the banner - Fairness, Freedom and... Equality - as mothers once more ask that the babies of England & Wales, and Northern Ireland, have the same legal protection to have a milk feed as they do in Scotland. The previous Government have ignored the inequality faced by hungry babies in England & Wales, and Northern Ireland, for too long. The nonsense that is clause 17 of the Equalities Bill, only proves to show how little the previous Government listened to mothers on this issue. Mothers are hoping that the coalition will see the financial sense in affording hungry babies throughout the UK, the same rights as in Scotland. The picnic is being held in Victoria Tower Gardens, adjacent to the Palace of Westminster, from noon until 3pm. Please come and meet mothers and babies and children, and see how needed a Breastfeeding Bill is. If a member of the public approaches a breastfeeding baby and mother in the park whilst you are there, and demands they stop what they are doing... there is no legal protection in place to protect the baby's right to food. Why should the baby be protected in Scotland, and not right outside the Houses of Parliament?
Looking forward to your early reply....