What is Lobby Day?
Lobby Day is an important part of our advocacy programme aimed at promoting parish and town councils in Parliament.
It takes place the same day as our National Council and involves representatives of county associations and NALC meeting with Members of Parliament (MPs).
County associations and parish and town councils play a vital role in helping us maintain and increase the sectors influence with government, civil servants and Parliamentarians, especially talking to MPs and telling them what great things you are doing and getting them to support the changes we are calling for on your behalf.
Lobby Day provides a fantastic opportunity to do just that, building on the foundations laid in previous years to develop and strengthen relations with MPs.
When is Lobby Day 2017 taking place and how can I get involved?
Lobby Day 2017 will take place in Parliament on 28 March 2017 and we want this year to be even bigger and better!
Here’s how you can help us and get involved:
County associations – Contact your MPs requesting a meeting with them on Lobby Day in Parliament. An example letter, email and suggested phone script can be found below.
Local councils – Contact your MP requesting an appointment at their surgery in the days and weeks following Lobby Day; the templates below can help you, feel free to modify and adapt them. And if you would like to support your county association on Lobby Day itself, do get in touch with them to discuss further.
What has happened in previous years?
The inaugural Lobby Day was held in June 2015 and saw NALC and county association councillors meet with a number of MPs including government ministers such as Greg Clark MP, Brandon Lewis MP, Mark Francois MP and Rory Stewart MP, plus shadow ministers such as Emma Reynolds MP and Steve Reed MP. Parliamentary Outreach also delivered a workshop on 'How Parliament Works’. Many county associations also met with MPs in the constituency in the days and weeks following Lobby Day.
During last year’s Lobby Day in April we engaged with over 60 MPs, including ministers and shadow ministers. The afternoon session involved a series of guest speakers on neighbourhood planning, the Buses Bill, citizen participation and tips for successful lobbying and engagement with MPs. The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Local Democracy also held a session exploring the role of parish councillors and the new Councillors’ Commission.
More information on these sessions is below:
Resources for Lobby Day 2017
- Template social media posts