How can I reach out to my prospective parliamentary candidate?
Write them a letter
Write a letter or email to each of them to tell them what really matters to you. You can search your candidates details on WhoCanIVoteFor?
Personalise your letter, explaining why you feel children’s rights are important. You can use the questions we’ve outlined below for inspiration.
Keep it brief – no more than two sides of A4.
Include your contact details, including your address to show candidates that you live in their area, and to allow the candidate to reply.
If you receive a reply, please send any responses to us via email at email@example.com.
Speak to them while they are canvassing
PPCs and their representatives will be knocking on doors in your neighbourhood. If they knock on your door, be ready to question them on child rights issues and ask them to take a photo with our sign, share on social media using #TeamChildren and highlight why they’re on #TeamChildren.
If it is a representative of the candidate, you can give them a copy of the sign to take away, ask their PPC to take a photo with it and tweet it using #TeamChildren.
Go to a hustings or public meeting
In the run up to a General Election most PPCs will be involved in open public meetings called ‘hustings’. As a constituent this is your chance to ask the candidates key questions about issues you care about, including children’s rights.
Please note: Unicef UK is not party political and will never take a position on which way you should vote in an election. We are calling on all political parties to speak up for the world’s most vulnerable children and are only interested in creating positive change for children. When you’re engaging with local election candidates, it is important you reach out to PPCs from all major parties in your area.
Let us know how you get on with speaking to your local PPCs by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch too.