The WOWpetition will be debated in the House of Commons on the 27th provisionally scheduled for an 11-30am start although this could be delayed if there are any statements that need to be read to the House before Business starts.
The debate will be under a single line whip, which means that MP’s can choose to either attend or vote. So much for the status of an e-petition! Therefore it is up to us to convince our MP’s to attend and here are some suggestions.
Before the 27th February 2014
- Write to your local MP (you can find the details by using our Write to your MP tool) and we’ve produced a couple of suggested template letters here (outline) and here (detailed)
- Or if you’d prefer to e-mail your MP we’ve put together an automated tool to help you compile and send it here.
On the 27th February 2014
If you are lucky enough to be able to attend the WOWdebate at the House of Commons we are planning to lobby MP’s in the Central Lobby from 10-30am until the #WOWdebate. Directions on how to get there are here http://www.parliament.uk/visiting/directions/layout/ .
However, you are only allowed to lobby your own MP so before making the effort to get to the Houses of Parliament on the 27th February 2014 please check with your MP that they will be available by using this automated tool that will send an e-mail informing them that you wish to lobby them in the Central Lobby on the 27th February and requesting that they make themselves available, as well as asking them to attend the debate and vote on the motion. Please only ask your MP to make themselves available to be lobbied if you are planning to attend the #WOWdebate.
The following link is a useful guide for how to Lobby your MP: https://www.equity.org.uk/documents/guide-to-lobbying-your-mp/