WHAT IS LOBBY DAY?
Lobby Day is an important part of our advocacy programme aimed at promoting local councils in Parliament.
It takes place the same day as our National Assembly and involves representatives of county associations and NALC meeting with Members of Parliament (MPs).
County associations and local councils play a vital role in helping NALC maintain and increase the sector’s influence with government, civil servants and parliamentarians, especially talking to MPs and telling them about the 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 TAKING PLACE?
Lobby Day 2018 will take place in Parliament on 20 March 2018 and once again, we want this year to be even bigger and better!
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
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 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. 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.
Since then, year on year, NALC have built on this engaging with more parliamentarians every year and at last year’s Lobby Day we engaged with over 80 MPs, including ministers, shadow ministers and deputy speaker of the House of Commons, Eleanor Laing MP. NALC also involved a series of guest speakers on health and well-being, improvement and development, and tips on how to successfully engage with Parliament.