Flooding The Lords’ Inboxes

In short…

…but if you want a bit more detail

As you know, we have been working with Peers of the House of Lords on an amendment for the Immigration Bill to get us a physical backup of our status. And it’s crucial to get Peers to be vocally supportive of this amendment so that as this amendment reaches the Commons they feel the pressure.

We now know that the all-important Report Stage of the Immigration Bill will commence in the Lords on 30th September, so from now until then is the time to start flooding those peers’ inboxes and convincing them that they must support the amendments for physical documents to prove our status. The more you can write to, the better.

This is an idea whose simplicity can create the right amount of pressure to get physical proof of status in our hands.

We need you to write short, simple emails explaining why, personally, this is so important to you. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t faced a challenge yet with the digital status or that you are not European. What matters, is that Peers and then MPs get their mail inboxes filled, at the right moment, with emails asking for physical proof and telling them briefly why this is so dear to you.

Personal emails are much better and more effective than copy-pasted emails. Not only because personalised stories touch hearts but also to avoid AI systems in mailboxes picking up on copy-pasted emails. If you find it helpful to have a bit of a template though, we have created one here to contact Peers at the House of Lords. You can also find another sample email here, written by our incredible Laurence. We hope that this helps you get inspired and type your heart out! As you can see it matches the three requirements: short, personal and with a very clear demand.

Which peers should I send my emails to?

We have put together a spreadsheet here detailing the names and email addresses of the peers in the House of Lords that we recommend you write to.

The document also tells you if they are party affiliated or otherwise and contains links to speeches they have made during the debates.

What else do I need to know? 

  • Please write each email as a separate email, personally addressed to the relevant peer – don’t send around one email to lots of peers at once. You can do this by copy-pasting your email and changing the name to the addressee: “Dear xxxx,”. It may be a bit more work, but it’s so much more effective.
  • When writing to someone whose email address is contactholmember@parliament.uk, you need to write FAO: Lady/Lord xxx in the Subject header. There is a limit to the number of these any one person can send the same email to. If more than six copies of the same email are received, all will be deleted.
  • When writing to Conservative peers, try to persuade them to question Government policy. You can read more about the Government policy by reading the Minister’s reply to the ‘physical documents amendment’ debate at Committee Stage.
  • When writing to Crossbenchers, and non-affiliated and independent peers, the aim is to inform them of our concerns, because they don’t have a party structure with information coming from whips.
  • If you are happy to, please also include the link to the briefing in your email:  http://t3m.org.uk/t3m_PhysicalProof
  • You may find it interesting to read some of their speeches in the debates, so do use the links provided in the spreadsheet – it can sometimes help when you try to think of what to write to them.
  • We have shown those who spoke in support of the Physical Proof amendments, if you write to these peers please do thank them for their contributions! 
  • Please fill in this really simply short form to tell us which peers you have written to so we can then update the spreadsheet from time to time with how many emails each peer has been sent. We will only use this information to anonymously keep count. We will not use your email for anything else.  By allowing us to update the spreadsheet, you will be helping others to choose which peers to write to by hopefully picking some that haven’t received as many emails yet!

What’s next?

If a physical document amendment succeeds in the Lords, it will send a powerful message to the Government that they need to think again about not giving EU citizens the option of a physical document. So, the next stage will be to get emailing MPs. We’ll be updating you about how and when in the coming weeks.

Without any further delay, it’s time to get typing, get your family, friends, neighbours, co-workers, employers and even the neighbour with the European flag out that you never really exchanged much more than three syllables together, or individually, to take action!

Spread the word, get writing and keep an eye out for the date where we are going to flood our political representatives’ inboxes!

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions, we are here to support you every step of the way.