Writing to your MP


 

Writing to your MP:

The Minister for Transport has decided to press ahead with HS2.  Whether the project becomes a reality or not is a matter for Parliament to decide, and that will depend upon the outcome of MPs voting on the Hybrid Bill, expected to go before the House of Commons in 2014.

 

Please, write to your MP, expressing your views and explaining your reasons for those views – why not and please do encourage your friends and family members to do the same.

 

Only by hearing your views, your local MP will understand what his or her constituents feel about any topic. HS2 is the biggest and most expensive engineering project ever proposed in this country, and it has implications for every household and taxpayer.

 

MPs receive a great deal of mail, so when writing, try to keep your letter brief and to the point, expressing your views politely – but make clear the strength of your feeling.

 

What you say in your letter is clearly up to you, but some general points you may wish to make are:

 

Start your letter/email by making clear that you are a local constituent and that you are concerned about the proposals for High Speed 2.

  • Ask whether the environmental impact of HS2 been properly considered and if so what is the cost?
  • State your outrage for Homes and Land being ‘compulsory purchased’ in need of this project
  • Express the direct need for a tunnel to run from Ealing to Northolt, to help save homes, neighbourhoods and environment
  • Question that you don’t think HS2 is good value for money – especially following scathing reports over the finances with HS1.
  • Ask ‘whether HS2 really is the greenest transport alternative?’
  • Ask ‘whether HS2 is the best or only way of getting the capacity we need?’
  • Ask ‘do we really need HS2?’ – will there be enough passengers to make the project viable, especially following views recently commented on the over expenditure of HS1 – that has fallen well short of predicted passenger users and become a burden to tax payers!
  • Ask your MP if he/she would be willing to support the campaign ‘Against HS2.’

 

Clearly, you should always be polite and courteous to your MP, irrespective of how strong your feelings are. MPs also receive a lot of correspondence, so it is best to try and keep your letter as short as possible whilst still making all of the points you wish to cover.