This General Election we're asking future MPs to stand up for people affected by sight loss.
We are asking MP candidates to sign up as RNIB Champions, promising to help us push for a world without barriers for people with sight loss through their work in Parliament if they are elected. By letting candidates know about the issues affecting blind and partially sighted people before the election we can:
Make sure sight loss is on the top of new MPs’ agendas;
Build important relationships for RNIB with new MPs, making it easier to work with Parliament to make things better in the future.
We can do this, but we need your help. Use our simple online tool to ask your local MP candidates to sign up.
If you would like an alternative version of the England Manifesto, please contact us at [email protected] or call 020 7391 2123.
How you can help
You can help us in lots of ways, depending on how much time you have available and how confident you feel.
If you have 5 minutes: The easiest way to help is by using our online tool to send a pre-written letter to ask your local MP candidates to sign up to become an RNIB Champion if they are elected. It’s very quick and you can edit the letter to make sure it reflects your concerns. By signing up as an RNIB Champion candidates will be letting us know they want to hear from us once elected. This means we’ll send them briefings ahead of debates, statistics about sight loss in their constituency, and share opportunities for them to help make things better for blind and partially sighted people.
If you have ten minutes: It’s likely that representatives from your local politicial parties will knock on your door to speak to you about who you’re voting for. You can use our manifesto to speak to them about their candidate signing up as an RNIB Champion. Read the full RNIB England Manifesto.
If you have longer: If you’re feeling proactive, think about attending any local hustings in your area (email [email protected] if you want us to help you find out what’s happening near you) or getting in touch to set up a meeting with your local candidates. Our Manifesto supporting information has questions on our manifesto topics you can ask either on the doorstep, in person or at a hustings event, and our General Election Campaign Guide has further ideas about how you can get involved.
We'd love to hear from you
If you do hear from your candidates please let us know what they say and how it goes. By sharing this information we can learn from your experiences and share them with other campaigners. Let us know about any local discussions you've had by emailing [email protected]