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Involving your politicians

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How do you change something? To make your campaign a success, you need to identify:

  • what you want to achieve
  • who makes the decision to change
  • who can help you make your aim a reality.

Local politicians can be great allies in campaigning for change and raising awareness. They may be able to help you reach your decision maker.

In this section, we give you some of our top tips for engaging with politicians and decision-makers. We've focused on MPs, but many of the principles will be the same, whether you're talking to councillors, NHS bosses or MPs.

Don't forget a great way to start is to make sure your MP is an Arthritis Champion – check if your local MP (and MSP if you live in Scotland) is an Arthritis Champion.

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    What can your MP do

    There are many things that your MP can do to become a voice for local people with arthritis and help with your campaign.

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    Contacting your local politicians

    Contacting your MP is much easier than it sounds! Remember, MPs and councillors really do care about issues affecting your community, and it is their job to represent you!

  • People shaking hands

    Meeting your politicians

    Meeting your MP in person is a great way get your message across. There are a number of ways to do this, depending on what you want to achieve.

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    Why do we need politicians to get involved

    The decisions politicans make affect the lives of people with arthritis. Their support is vital to push back the limits of arthritis.

For more information, go to www.arthritisresearchuk.org.
Arthritis Research UK fund research into the cause, treatment and cure of arthritis. You can support Arthritis Research UK by volunteering, donating or visiting our shops.