Nuclear Weapons: Write ‘em off!
A support network for citizens writing letters about nuclear weapons


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Information about MPs


As background for letters or emails  this website will provide information about MPs’ histories and their performance in Parliament on nuclear weapons issues. Many MPs have said or done nothing about nuclear weapons, but they are all listed in case one day they do.

The essential tool for information about MPs is here. There are guidance notes for using it at the top of this file. It contains various kinds of information about MPs.

DIALOGUE

This very important column has links to the core of the website - your correspondence with MPs.  

EARLY DAY MOTIONS (EDMs)

EDMs are formal motions submitted for debate in the House of Commons. However, very few of them are actually debated unless they gain very considerable support.  However they can be used to publicise the views of individual MPs, drawing attention to specific events or campaigns, and demonstrating the extent of parliamentary support for a particular cause or point of view.  They are useful for to us for getting an idea of an MP’s attitude to nuclear weapons issues.  

We will let you know when a new EDM of interest to us is tabled and probably ask you to write to your MP drawing attention to it.  However many MPs do not sign EDMS.  This is because:

PNND

Members of PNND (Parliamentarians for  Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament) are listed on the database.  It is a fairly “non-campaigning” international organisation and we are always trying to get more UK MPs to join.  You can find out more about PNND here

IN PARLIAMENT

At regular intervals the Acronym Institute publishes “Proliferation in Parliament”  This gives a comprehensive review of what MPs have been saying about nuclear weapons, and especially in formal debates,  as recorded in Hansard.  However, stand-alone official statements by leading members of the Government such as the Prime Minister, Foreign Minister or Defence Secretary, are not shown on the database and nor are their Opposition counterparts because they are speaking in their official capacity, and not as MPs.  You can follow up the speeches if you like and perhaps write a letter to your MP if anything strikes you as interesting.  

As always, please copy your letter and the reply to me on  geowcpuk@gn.apc.org

You can find the latest issue of “Proliferation in Parliament” here.

BACKGROUND

You can find out some more useful background information about your MP, including their emails,  on “They Work for You here.  Just key in your post code to find your MP’s details.