The General Election is an important opportunity to build relationships with your future MP. Scottish MPs can be a strong voice for change both in Scotland and across the UK.
By making contact and letting candidates know about the issues affecting blind and partially sighted people before the election on 12th December we can make sure we start the new Parliamentary session with sight loss on the top of new MPs’ agendas, as well as important allies for RNIB in Parliament. But to do this, we need your help.
What are we calling for?
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.
Use our simple online tool to ask your local MP candidates to sign up.
If you would like an alternative format of the Manifesto, please email Ian Brown at [email protected] or phone on 0131 652 3164.
How can you 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 Manifesto for Scotland.
If you have longer: If you’re feeling proactive, think about attending RNIB Scotland's hustings event in University of Strathclyde Technology and Innovation Centre, 99 George Street, Glasgow on November 28th from 6.30-7.30pm (email [email protected] if you wish to attend). If you want us to help you find out what other local hustings events are happening near you, or to help set up a meeting with your local candidates, email [email protected].
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].