In a world with so many issues competing for attention, writing to people really helps raise awareness of our campaign. So if you can spare a few minutes, do drop one or more of the influencers below a letter or email.
One easy way to find and email your elected representatives is to use the website writetothem, which will use your postcode to find out who represents you both locally and nationally. You will be asked to provide your name, address and email to use this service.
The gold standard of letter-writing is a hand written letter – a typed letter is slightly less effective, but still good. An email is easiest, and still hugely worthwhile. You can find all the name and address details you need below.
And if you need some facts and figures to help strengthen your arguments, you can find lots here.
The Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Transport
Given the state of flux in British Politics at the moment, it is probably not worth writing to either the Prime Minister or the Secretary of State for Transport. Besides, it is often more effective to have your MP lobby members of government rather than write to them directly.
Your local MP
If you live in Ealing or Acton, then it is very likely that Rupa Huq is your elected Member of Parliament. Rupa has both spoken and voted against Heathrow expansion. It would be great if you could write or email Rupa thanking her for her support, and asking that she continue to help us in our campaign.
Our other local MPs have been less supportive. Both Virendra Sharma (Ealing, Southall) and Stephen Pound (Ealing North) voted for Heathrow expansion. If either of these is your local MP, you might like to politely remind them of the impact of expansion on our local communities.
You can find out more about the oral and voting records of these MPs at theyworkforyou. They can be emailed by clicking on their names below
Rupa Huq MP
Stephen Pound MP
Virendra Sharma MP
All can be written to at: House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
Your local Council
Ealing Council manages a borough that stretches from Southall in the west to Acton in the east. A large number of borough residents therefore work at or with Heathrow, whilst just as many if not more are adversely affected by the noise and pollution the airport produces.
The Council Leader, Cllr Julian Bell, has committed Ealing Council to become carbon neutral by 2030. Whilst the council has no direct responsibility for the airport, it may be persuaded to become increasingly unsympathetic to further airport expansion. You can help this happen by writing to the Council Leader and to your local ward councillors with your views on the impact of expansion on our communities.
You can find out the names of your local councillors by using writetothem, which will also allow you to write to your three ward councillors with one email. The council leader can be emailed at Cllr Julian Bell. Julian Bell can be written to at: 14 Uxbridge Rd, Ealing, London W5 2HL
Do write to one or more of the people above. Just put a few lines in an email describing how you feel about aircraft noise, pollution, transport congestion, carbon emissions or the impact on our communities of more over-flying. Or write at more length if you can. But even a brief email will help keep people aware of our campaign. Thank you.