Why you need to contact your MP

Why you need to contact your MP

18:34 PM, 3rd August 2015, About 7 years ago 111

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As part of our campaign to reverse the Government’s Budget proposals restricting finance cost relief for individual landlords we are aiming to lobby all MPs in the UK – and as many times as possible. Why you need to contact your MP

We are asking that everyone who is against this proposal firstly signs this petition: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/104880

Secondly, and as importantly, we are asking that you write to your MP and preferably follow this up with a visit to your MP’s surgery.

It will be the case for some that you may live in one constituency and have rental houses in other constituencies. Please send emails to all the MPs that are applicable to you.

In order to keep track and make sure we leave no-one out, can you please post in the comments section below the following details:

1. Name of MP contacted via email/letter.
2. Constituency of the MP.
3. Date(s) letters/emails sent.
4. Whether you have spoken to the MP face-to-face and/or made an appointment to see him/her in their surgery.

If you get any response other than an automated reply or acknowledgement, please paste the text in the comments section below, remembering to ensure the full name of the MP and Constituency is included.

Also, later on (bearing in mind MPs’ absences during the summer recess), please also report back on their attitude towards the Budget proposal.

I will be keeping a spreadsheet, to make sure we miss no-one out.

Contacting MPs and persuading them of our case is going to be key to our success in overturning this illogical, unjust and discriminatory proposal. You may be the only person who writes to your MP, so it is very important not to assume someone else will already have done so.

We should especially be looking out for MPs who might be willing to champion our cause as well as those who will be willing to vote against the Finance Bill. If you feel your MP falls into this category, please let us know in the comments section below.

The following is a link to a website with contact details of your MP >>> https://www.writetothem.com/

Below is a sample email/letter to MP’s you may wish to adapt, if you don’t have the time to write one from scratch:

Adjust as necessary, e.g. if you are not a constituent but own property in the constituency, or if you want to add something about the MP’s party’s stance on it etc.

Dear [Name of MP]

I am writing to you as one of your constituents, my address is [ add your address and postcode here]

I am writing with regard to the latest attack on landlords in the Budget, through the proposals to restrict ‘tax relief’ for landlords. Many landlords have been confused about the terminology “tax relief”, so many still don’t realise the effects this would have on their businesses and on the wider economy.

Aafter seeking clarification from HMRC, I have realised that what is really being proposed is that the cost of interest, which is our biggest cost in running our businesses, has been re-defined as ‘income,’ which can be taxed. Obviously, this makes no sense, and this is the verdict of the chief economists who reported to the Treasury Select Committee on the Summer Budget.

If this is to be a new principle of taxation, why aren’t all businesses in the UK facing this bizarre proposal?

Buy-to-let is not a simple, ‘hands-off investment’ as it is sometimes portrayed; it is a very labour-intensive business, often very stressful and for many of us constitutes a full-time job, whereby we work and are on call 7 days a week, including evenings.

Unfortunately, the failure to understand our business (ignorance, by another word), has led to the Government announcing this illogical and unjust proposal.

I am hoping you can use your influence and your vote to help quash this measure.

You will find more details of the proposal on this link to the Property118 landlords forum – LINK >>> http://www.property118.com/?p=76936

The information there will help you to be fully informed, but if you have any questions please let me know and I will endeavour to answer them.

I will be coming to meet you soon at one of your surgeries to discuss this in person.

Yours sincerely

[add your name here]

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by Roanch 21

18:58 PM, 4th August 2015, About 7 years ago

1 nick Gibb (conservative)
2 arundel, bognor, littlehampton
3 9th July
4 just speaking by email / letter

He replied 10th £July saying he had passed this onto GO for a response which he will pass onto me.

by Dr Rosalind Beck

19:11 PM, 4th August 2015, About 7 years ago

Great everyone. Thanks a lot. My spreadsheet is going to start looking good!

by Anne Nixon

19:49 PM, 4th August 2015, About 7 years ago

1) Julian Smith (con) also Anna Soubry, Sajid Javid, George Osborne all emailed and letter to David Cameron
2) Julian Smith MP for Ripon & Skipton (Cameron is daughter's MP in Long Hanborough, Oxford )
3) 19th July all plus 25th as well for Julian Smith
4) Yes I attended his surgery on 24thJuly
Standard reply emails from most. Julian Smith said he had passed my concerns on to the chancellor.

by Dr Rosalind Beck

20:25 PM, 4th August 2015, About 7 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Anne Nixon" at "04/08/2015 - 19:49":

Excellent Anne. You've been busy.
We have to keep up this kind of pressure - I don't really like the idea of going to see my MP, but I have made an appointment and am going (unfortunately have to wait because of summer recess, but it's important for those who intend to see their MP to make an appointment now).
I think quite a few of us are having to go out of our comfort zones on this. We have to fight for justice. I didn't think I'd be going through all this a month ago! None of us did.

by Jireh Homes

21:37 PM, 4th August 2015, About 7 years ago

1.Callum McCaig, SNP
2. Aberdeen South
3. Email sent 31 Jul 2015
4. No response as yet.

by Dr Rosalind Beck

21:53 PM, 4th August 2015, About 7 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Jireh Homes" at "04/08/2015 - 21:37":

Great. Our first SNP MP.

by Scott Elliott

8:57 AM, 8th August 2015, About 7 years ago

1. James Brokenshure . CON
2. Old Bexley and sidcup
3. 8 August
Not Yet

This was via resolver (very easy)

Also on the template letter do you think it's worth specifically mentioning the petition?

by Richard Lee

11:31 AM, 8th August 2015, About 7 years ago

Andrea Leadsom MP
South Northamptonshire
Email 08/08/15
Automated reply only so far

by Dr Rosalind Beck

12:46 PM, 8th August 2015, About 7 years ago

Thanks Scott and Richard.
Scott, if you want to add any links that is fine.

by Simon Dowse

15:21 PM, 8th August 2015, About 7 years ago

1. Name of MP contacted via email/letter: John Bercow
2. Constituency of the MP: Buckingham
3. Date(s) letters/emails sent: 8/8/15
4. Whether you have spoken to the MP face-to-face and/or made an appointment to see him/her in their surgery: No - full time day job precludes this.

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