Write to your MP

Writing to your MP is an effective way to make your voice heard on gambling issues.  

After all, your MP is elected to represent you in Parliament and, ultimately, they have the power to effect legislative change. Your MP can: 

  • Vote on issues, including any amendments to the Gambling Act 
  • Ask questions in Parliament 
  • Contact relevant government ministers on your behalf  

Change happens from the ground up – if we all took local action, it would lead to national change. 

Find out who your MP is 

If you don’t know who your MP is, follow the link below and enter your postcode. 

 Your MP’s contact details should be listed – you can contact them via email or letter. 

Paul Bloomfield MP, Sheffield, with Liz and Charles Ritchie, showing his support for Gambling with Lives at the Houses of Common
Writing to your MP is an effective way to gain political support for gambling reform.

What to say 

We recommend making your letter as personal as possible – MPs are more likely to act if they can see that something has personally affected one of their constituents.  

Explain why you care about gambling harm, how it is impacting you personally or your fellow constituents, and perhaps include some relevant statistics or stories. Keep it brief though – one page ideally, two pages maximum. 

After you’ve explained your concerns, it’s important that you include an ‘ask’ for your MP to act on. This could be a request for a meeting or that they ask a question on your behalf in Parliament.   

We’d also recommend ending your letter by asking for a response. If you don’t hear back after a couple of weeks, don’t be afraid to follow up with a call or email. 

If you’d like any help, please get in touch with us at hello@gamblingwithlives.org