Up to 30 million people around the world are enslaved today – including around 9000 people in the United Kingdon. If you would like your Member of Parliament to support an Early Day Motion on the issue of slavery and human trafficking, please write and ask them to sign the Motion. I’ve written a short letter below that you can use to email your MP.
How do I find out who my MP is?
It’s easy. Simply enter your postcode here to find out their name: http://findyourmp.parliament.uk/ Their email address will be: firstname.lastname@example.org Alternatively, do a google search and their website will have a contact email address.
What is an Early Day Motion (EDM)?
An EDM is a motion that Members of Parliament can sign to get something debated in the House of Commons. It is very rare that any motion is successful. In reality, they are used by MPs to demonstrate support or objection on a particular subject. The more signatures an EDM gets then more successful it is seen and the profile of the subject rises.
What does EDM 1846 say?
You can read the EDM, and see who is supporting it, here: http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2010-12/1846.
What should I say when I email my MP?
To save time, you can use the following template. Please note, it is important to include your address. The only reason this needs to be included is so that the MP knows you are one of their constituents.
Dear [MP’s name]
I am one of your constituents and I am writing to kindly ask you to support and sign EDM 1846 on Slavery and Human Trafficking. Despite the slave trade being outlawed in Britain for over 200 years, thousands of vulnerable people are trafficked into the UK every year. In addition, the UN estimates that over 12 million people around the world are slaves. This means more slaves exist today than they did at the height of the trans-Atlantic slave trade in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Please register your support against slavery and human trafficking by signing EDM 1846. The EDM can be viewed here: http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2010-11/1846