Remember, you are a voter – your views count! MPs take notice of the letters they get – generally taking each one to represent the views of ten or twenty other like-minded constituents.
One of the best ways you can support the right to pay for peace not war is by writing to your MP. They need to know their constituents’ views on paying taxes for use by the military.
Please feel free to use the example text below for a letter to send to your MP.
If you wish to construct your own letter click here to see some points to bear in mind when writing. You can send your letters to:
House of Commons,
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Follow-up of Conflict Pool Recommendations
You may be aware of two independent reports published last year which both contained detailed criticism of the management of the Conflict Pool. These reports were published by the National Audit Office in March 2012 and by the Independent Commission for Aid Impact in July 2012.
Recommendations in the reports focused on improvements to the strategy, management, stability of funding, identification of appropriate partners and the monitoring and evaluation of Conflict Pool projects.
I write to enquire what measures have been taken to follow up these recommendations.
My interest is both personal and as a supporter of the NGO conscience TAXES FOR PEACE NOT WAR. We have over 1,500 supporters who will be very concerned if the Conflict Pool is not better managed and more effective in the development of methods for prevention of conflict by non-military methods.
conscience campaigns for a progressive increase in the amount of UK tax spent on peacebuilding, and a corresponding decrease in the amount spent on war and preparation for war. We also campaign for the legal right of those with a conscientious objection to war to have the entire military part of their taxes spent on peacebuilding.
I would be very interested to meet you to discuss the Conflict Pool.
If you wish to construct your own letter below are some points to bare in mind when writing:
- Always make your letter personal, using the correct name and title.
- Make sure your address and postcode are on the top of the letter: envelopes are often thrown away.
- Please mention conscience – it helps raise awareness of the organisation.
- Be polite: always write as if you expect a positive response.
- Be concise: a letter should rarely be more than one sheet of A4 paper.
- Get to the point quickly: state your concern in the first paragraph and only raise one concern per letter.
- Ask a question and then ask for a response.
- Letters are best, though you can always contact your MP by email.
- It is likely you will receive a bland response to your first letter, but it may help to maintain the correspondence. Don’t write too often, but do keep the MP informed of any changes or developments in the specific area under discussion.