As you’ll all have been aware the last two weeks, Weeks 10 and 11, have been given over to the #LBBill in the Justice Shed and in #107days. After truly sterling work by you all we’d managed to contact 338 MPs before the Private Members’ Bill ballot #PMBBallot was drawn.
The ballot saw 462 MPs names into the hat, and twenty drawn out. There was much excitement amongst JusticeforLB’ers as the first eight MPs drawn had all been contacted about the #LBBill, not bad for a campaign run entirely on love and creativity with absolutely zero resources. However the slots are drawn in reverse order and our luck turned a little, so the excitement was short lived.
In the end twelve out of the twenty names had been contacted to request their support for the #LBBill before the ballot, including three MPs in the top seven. So we still have hope.
1. Rob Marris, Labour MP, Wolverhampton South West
2. Chris Heaton-Harris, Conservative MP, Daventry
3. Sir Gerald Howarth, Conservative MP, Aldershot
4. Julie Cooper, Labour MP, Burnley
5. Wendy Morton, Conservative MP, Aldridge-Brownhills
6. Teresa Pearce, Labour MP, Erith & Thamesmead
7. Mike Wood, Conservative MP, Dudley South
What we now need is for JusticeforLB’ers to contact their friends, families, colleagues and long-lost lovers who live in the constituencies represented by the MPs with the top slots (listed above). MPs are expected to represent the priorities of their constituents, so we need to make sure constituents in these areas raise their concerns and request support for the #LBBill.
We shared a post yesterday that you can read here with some suggestions of what you could do if your MP won a golden ticket in the ballot, please share with friends and relatives in the areas above. If you have media contacts in those areas who would like to run a story on the #LBBill and its relevance to local disabled people then please out them in touch with us too on email. We would encourage supporters to try and raise support in those areas rather than contact the MPs direct (unless they are your own MP). This is only likely to irritate MPs if you are not their constituents.
If you live in one of the constituencies above, please do contact your MP and try to encourage them to support the #LBBill. There is stacks of information on this website and the dedicated LBBill blog here and the full draft, and all the iterations it has been through is also there.
If you’re need a little reminder of why it’s worth your while, check out this slideshare, that includes at least one constituent of the MPs listed above: