MP engagement strategy

The Cultural sector supported through What Next? and University College London are running an MP engagement strategy, encouraging the cultural sector to contact their MP, make a positive and informed case for culture and invite them to an arts event.

At the beginning of September we will be sharing useful links, resources, key messages, contact info and tools to help you contact your MP if you wish to support this work.
We are also looking to gather and forward on :
• Quotes from non-arts businesses in particular, quotes from significant businesses and local employers so please do contact any corporate partners or board members that you have
• Local case studies in the form of simple infographics (see this great one from the Belgrade Theatre  as inspiration)
• Your knowledge of Conservative MPs
• Your knowledge of areas in the country with no funded arts provision All detailed information on how and why below.
Joe Bond of University College London has pulled together this google-doc spreadsheet that maps arts organisations to MPs, constituencies their contact details and he is on hand to support arts organisations and individuals to make the case.
As well as Ministers, engaged backbench Conservative MPs could be particularly influential in this landscape. Identifying Conservative MPs who have an interest and connection with the arts, either through their constituency or through personal passion is needed, can you help?  

If you can identify such an MP, please contact Rosie Luff who can discuss the best way of contacting that MP and the best briefing you can give him or her.