WHAT IS LOBBY DAY?
Lobby Day is an integral part of our advocacy programme aimed at promoting local councils to parliamentarians.
It takes place annually and involves representatives of county associations and NALC meeting with Members of Parliament (MPs)/peers (Lords).
County associations and local (parish and town) 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 local councils 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 and peers.
WHEN IS LOBBY DAY TAKING PLACE?
Lobby Day 2021 will be taking place online on 2 February 2021, and 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 online. We have produced an example letter, email template and suggested phone script, which is located below.
Local councils – contact your MP requesting an appointment online in the days and weeks before or after Lobby Day. We have produced an example letter, email template and suggested phone script, which is located below. If you would like to support your local county association on Lobby Day itself, get in touch with them to discuss further.
The first Lobby Day was held in June 2015 and saw NALC and county associations meet with many MPs including government ministers. Also, Parliamentary Outreach delivered a workshop on How Parliament Works and many county associations met with MPs in their constituencies in the days and weeks following Lobby Day.
Since then, Lobby Day has grown with more engagement with parliamentarians every year. On Lobby Day 2019 we engaged with over 100 MPs, including ministers, shadow ministers and the deputy speaker of the House of Commons. NALC also invited a series of guest speakers on health and well-being, improvement and development, and tips on how to successfully engage with parliament.