Close

We are using cookies to give you the best experience on our site. Cookies are files stored in your browser and are used by most websites to help personalise your web experience.

By continuing to use our website without changing the settings, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

Find out more
For more information, go to www.arthritisresearchuk.org

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. Use this list of steps as a starting point and think about any additional actions you want from your MP before you contact or meet with them.

Arthritis Champion thumbnail imageBecome an Arthritis Champion

Is your MP an Arthritis Champion? If they're already signed up this is a fantastic start! They're more likely to be sympathetic to your cause, and have already committed to campaigning to prevent and cure arthritis, and transform the lives of people with arthritis.

You can check the list of Arthritis Champions and if your MP's name isn't on the list then ask them to become an Arthritis Champion.

Your MP can also request to be an Arthritis Champion by emailing action@arthritisresearchuk.org

Help you get answers

Your MP's job is to represent you. That means they can help you get answers on issues that are affecting you and other local people with arthritis.

If the issue is related to what your council does, you can ask your MP to write to them. For example, here's our template letter for MPs to write to their local council to make sure that their health and well-being plans cater for people with arthritis.

Your MP can also write letters to local healthcare bosses to ask questions and make sure that local health services are delivering for people with arthritis, or they could raise the issue with a Government Minister if it's appropriate.

What can your MP doContact the media

Your MP can put out their own press release supporting the campaign or even do a joint one with you, which they can also place on their website.

For example, they'll receive a template press release when they become an Arthritis Champion. You may want to help by providing a quote as a local campaigner.

Your MP might also be able to help with press events or stunts aimed at raising awareness of arthritis or your campaign in your community.

Spread the word on social media

Most MPs are on Facebook and Twitter and can use their accounts to help to raise the profile of your campaign.

Ask them to tweet about the campaign or post about it on Facebook to help reach a bigger audience and spread the word. They can use our campaign hashtag #ArthritisChampion!

Visit one of our research centres, or meet with a local Arthritis Research UK group

Get in touch with our team via action@arthritisresearchuk.org and we can look at arranging a visit for your MP to one of our research centres, shops or branches. This could be a great chance for a press event and to show the strong support people with arthritis have in your area.

Back to Involving your politicians
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.