THE PULL-OUT We need to make sure that newly-elected MPs know that their constituents care about government support of the arms trade, corporate accountability and climate change. We want you/your SPEAK group to build a relationship with your new or re-elected MP over the next parliament by writing to them and meeting with them a few times a year, and to let us know how it goes so we can support you in your campaigning.
Tips for meeting YOUR MP! Know what you’re asking them to do – first read all of SPEAK campaigns briefings at www.speak.org.uk/speaklouder2010. For SPEAK’s arms trade campaign you can also print off a briefing to give to your MP. Don’t be intimidated – MPs are human and don’t know everything! Because they need to know a little bit about everything, you may find you know more about the issue than they do!
Keep it focused – make sure you stick to SPEAK’s campaigns rather than rant about every injustice in the world! They may try and move the conversation on to their agenda; politely say that you have come to talk about SPEAK’s campaign goals and to ask for their support.
Be polite – it may be very frustrating if they don’t give you a straight answer, but just be confident and politely say you don’t think they have answered your question.
Keep calm if they ask you a tricky question – We should have everything you need to know
here but if you don’t know the answer, be confident and say that you will look into it and get back to them. This is great as it opens the way for future contact!
Ask them to support the campaign – make sure you finish the meeting by giving them the MP Briefing for “Defend Peace: Disarm Tax” and asking them to pledge their support for all 3 campaigns. Let us know how it went – this is crucial if we are going to build a core of MPs who will speak out
for us in parliament! Write to email@example.com and we’ll help you to keep up your relationship with your MP.
“Defend Peace: Disarm Tax”, SPEAK’s Arms trade Campaigns:
is calling for the closure of the government department which is responsible for supporting the arms trade, currently the Defence & Security Organisation, DSO (and previously the Defence Export Services Organisation DESO). We are also calling for the creation of a new agency to facilitate the transfer of skills and jobs to the civil sector, especially green technology.
Key Question: Despite the closure of DESO, which was a great step forward, the government has continued to promote arms
exports vigorously through UKTI Defence & Security Organisation (UKTI DSO). There is no economic justification for such disproportionate support: arms sales account for just 1.5% of UK exports and sustain just 0.2% of the national labour force. Will your party support the closure of DSO and the creation of a new department to facilitate the transfer of skills and jobs to the civil sector, especially green technology.
SPEAK is calling for the creation of an independent UK Commission for Business, Environment and Human Rights that would provide redress for overseas victims of human rights abuses involving UK companies.
Key Question: In November 2009, the Joint Committee for Human Right (JCHR) produced a report recommending an Independent Commission for Business, Human Rights and the Environment. What will you and your party do to address this and ensure that multinational companies are held accountable for their actions abroad?
Climate Change: SPEAK is campaigning for a legally binding deal which includes a 40% reduction in CO2 emissions for rich countries by 2020 based 1990 levels and provides adequate climate finance in real terms.
Key Question: Do you agree that the UK needs to support work towards a fair and legally binding global climate deal as a top priority? If so, what action are you and your party going to take to ensure this?
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Your campaigning through Pray & Post Cards has made a huge difference!
Please prayerfully consider how you can increase your support of SPEAK’s campaigns to make them more effective, whether by giving, praying, getting others to sign the Cards, or by holding events locally. If you do want to get more involved in some way, send the Keep Involved section of a Pray & Post Card back to us.
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