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THE BREXIT BATTLE PACK - PRE-LAUNCH  
 ADVANCE COPY
THE BREXIT BATTLE PACK
DEVISED BY BREXIT FACTS4EU.ORG
This special advance copy of the 'Brexit Battle Pack' has been released to those who have supported our work with donations. We are very grateful to you all.
Below you will find 5 articles giving advice, followed by the Brexit Battle Pack Toolbox.
We published the first compartment of the Toolbox yesterday (Sunday) giving details of how to contact MPs and all who influence them.
This morning we are publishing the second compartment, which does the same for the media.
PLEASE NOTE: The latest updates appear at the bottom of the page, so please remember to refresh the page and then scroll down to see the latest!
       05.30am, 13 Aug 2018
READERS' COMMENTS
Please send us your comments and we will publish them here. You can of course use a pseudonym if you prefer, and it's always nice to know roughly where you're writing from. Please always state the headline of the article you're commenting on.
We've received a very large number of emails, supporting the Battle Pack, and making suggestions. These are being incorporated and we will shortly be releasing the Pack to the public. In the meantime, here are a few examples of emails we've received. We're happy to publish more, but most emails we've received haven't been for publication.
Best wishes, the Brexit Facts4EU.Org team, August 2018
Name: Stuart, Burnley, UKIP      Date/Time: 23 Aug 2018, 10.29am
Message: Just a thank you for all this information. Burnley voted 2 to 1 in favour of Leave, but our MP Julie Cooper has voted against the majority of our constituents in the House of Commons to frustrate the process. We will be using your information and holding street stalls along with leafleting to keep Burnley informed of her betrayal. One of our biggest problems is the BBC who consistently have biased unbalanced reporting and scaremongering guests.
Name: Michael Wood, London      Date/Time: 23 Aug 2018, 10.10am
Message: More really great work. Thank you.
The fight for democracy transcends any party or tribal loyalty and we should all vote for the candidate who supports Brexit - irrespective of their party - e.g. If I lived in Vauxhall I'd vote Labour/Hoey although I've never voted Labour in my life. Don't just vote but tell your remainer candidate/MP that you are doing so and why. Join in by joining a political party. It's easier to influence from within. I just joined the Conservative party although I made it clear I will not vote Tory until May goes and they elect a Tory leader! Being a member I can now help on that. Where there is a tight race vote UKIP if they are in pole position. I'm convinced that the Tories wasted huge resources, in the last election, in stopping UKIP rather than winning in marginals. Their tribalism hurt them badly.People like May and Corbyn come and go - democracy should be for ever - once gone it's gone!
Name: Jax, Lancashire, UK      Date/Time: 22 Aug 2018, 6.12pm
Message: I think your toolkit is wonderful and hopefully thousands of people will read it and take action. I certainly will. There is one problem as far as I can see. You don't include any ideas for what to do if your MP supports Brexit but you still want to let other MPs hear your voice. My MP is Andrew Stevenson. He is a really good MP who fully supports Brexit. I cannot see any purpose in going to him with my anxieties just to offload them. I will therefore be asking him if there's anything I can do to help him in other ways. I will also be giving him information about Brexit that will help him to make arguments with his colleagues in support of Brexit. These include your website and the details of others who write brilliant information about the EU and Brexit. I will also offer to send him summaries of future issues, together with references, if he wants them. That is three things someone can do if their MP supports Brexit but you people can probably think of more. I am not au fait with how things run in Parliament so I don't know if there are any other tactics I could use. How to help your Brexit-supporting MP is an addition you should think about seriously for your tool kit. Thanks for all the work you do on our behalf. Jax xx
Reply: Thanks for the suggestions, Jax. We'll be incorporating all ideas in our final edit before we release this to the public.
Name: Angela, Blackpool area, UK      Date/Time: 22 Aug 2018, 5.40pm
Message: What a fantastic information package. Great ideas for the upcoming battle for democracy. Donation made.
Reply: Thank you very much, Angela, your support is invaluable!
Name: Chris Squirrell, Norwich, UK      Date/Time: 18 Aug 2018, 11.38am
Message: Before the referendum I had never been a party member of any political party. I joined the conservatives soon thereafter in the belief that was the best way of getting it done. I have emailed my local MP to express my dissatisfaction with her support of the chequers 'plan'.
Now armed with the battle pack I shall be attending the meetings etc and writing letters to ensure the democratic voice is heard.
Thank you Facts4EU once again.
 THE BREXIT BATTLE PACK
FIRST PRINCIPLES
PART 1 - BREXIT FACTS4EU.ORG "BREXIT BATTLE PACK"
Let’s begin with a question. How do we best influence the people who matter, to deliver a full, clean Brexit?
The big problem is not just that we have a Remainer PM and a Remainer cabinet. In this first part of the series we look at some fundamentals of why Brexit is in this mess, over two years after the EU Referendum. This leads to some basic principles.
PRINCIPLE ONE
The big problem for Brexit is that the entire Establishment is still pro-Remain. They just can’t accept the result of the Referendum, which didn’t go the way it was supposed to.
We therefore conclude that there are two main groups to target:-
KEY TARGET GROUPS
  • Members of Parliament
  • The media
These two groups have the most influence on whether we achieve the full, normal, clean Brexit people expected when they voted. There are of course sub-sets of these groups, but we’ll get to that. Fundamentally we need MPs not to block Brexit and yet most of them seem happy to do this right now.
We also need to curb the excessive anti-Brexit bias of the majority of those who work in the media.
ISN’T THIS OBVIOUS?
Before readers think all this is obvious, our Brexit Battle Pack includes a number of targets, not just MPs and journalists. However all these subsidiary targets in one way or the other have an impact on the key influencers.
We would also add that if some of what you are going to read in the coming articles is obvious, how is it that no Brexit organisation has ever expressed any of this in a practical and usable way? Please bear with us while we go through the details in the following four parts of this series.
PRINCIPLE TWO
The second major principle is that we must focus on what will stop these two groups (MPs and the media) from standing in the way of Brexit.
Please note that we propose that your ambitions are not to change their opinions. Most of these people are too heavily invested in their thinking to be able to change their opinions now, whilst still keeping some form of credibility.
We need to apply the type of pressure that will make them re-think their outright opposition to Brexit. Remember the expression “follow the money”? What will make these people soften their opposition?
Finally we must ignore those who are beyond all reasoning. In other words forget people like Anna Soubry and her ilk. They’re extremists and we can’t afford to waste time on them.
PRINCIPLE THREE
The Brexit Battle Pack must be practical and usable by as many ordinary people as possible. It must focus on delivering the result of the Referendum. It must have elements which will appeal to different people.
We have tried to include a variety of actions which readers might feel like taking up. The majority do not involve leaving the comfort of your home!
BEFORE YOU READ ON
This pack of actions does mean you actually have to do something. There is no ‘click here to make Brexit happen’!
All we can say is that previous generations had to make very major sacrifices for freedom. In comparison, our suggestions are easy.
       06.55am, 11 Aug 2018
READERS' COMMENTS
Please send us your comments and we will publish them here. You can of course use a pseudonym if you prefer, and it's always nice to know roughly where you're writing from. Please always state the headline of the article you're commenting on.
 HOW TO GET
YOUR MESSAGE ACROSS
COMMUNICATION GROUND RULES
PART 2 - BREXIT FACTS4EU.ORG "BREXIT BATTLE PACK"
The plan is to affect the actions of those with the biggest influence over whether Brexit is delivered or not.
BEFORE YOU READ ON, PLEASE READ THIS
We’ve put some thought into how to make this Pack effective. There’s no point people making an effort if that effort isn’t as efficient as possible. We urge you to read the basic guidelines that follow.
BREXIT FACTS4EU.ORG GUIDE – FOR ALL COMMUNICATIONS
  • Keep your messages very short – they have a much better chance of being read
  • Better to make one point well, than ten points which get lost in a long message
  • Remember you’re not trying to convert the MP to Brexit and you’re not trying to win an argument
  • You simply want them to be worried about their job if they don’t get behind Brexit
That said, we think that a simple fact or chart (see our resource library) will make your communication serious and it might even open some eyes
BREXIT FACTS4EU.ORG GUIDE – FOR ALL COMMUNICATIONS (CONT'D)
  • Don’t be abusive, always be polite
  • Never address an email or letter to more than one person
  • Make it personal and use their name
  • If you’re writing to your constituency MP, you must provide your home address
VISITS versus LETTERS versus CALLS versus EMAILS versus TWEETS
Here is the order of actions you could take, starting with the most impactful:-
PRIORITY ACTIONS WITH MPs
  1. Visiting the surgery of your local MP
  2. Writing a letter to your MP
  3. Calling your local MP’s constituency office
  4. Sending an email to your local MP
  5. Tweeting your MP
PRIORITY ACTIONS WITH THE MEDIA
  1. Calls to the news desk
  2. Letters to the news editor
  3. Letters to individual journalists
  4. Emails to editors and individual journalists
  5. Tweets to all the above
VISITING YOUR MP’S SURGERY
We understand that for many readers, going face-to-face with their MP might seem daunting. We would like to reassure you that most MPs know very little about the EU and what it means to be a member. If you read our site daily, you will almost certainly know far more than they do!
If you are considering this – and it’s without doubt the most powerful thing you could do – then we suggest you forget the arguments for leaving. We had the Referendum and Leave won. End of story.
Remember, you want them to respect the result of the Referendum. You’re not interested in the ways they try to weasel out of this by spouting nonsense like “no-one voted to be poorer” or “the type of Brexit wasn’t on the ballot paper”.
Just tell them you only have five minutes and you simply want to tell them to respect the result and back Brexit. This is about democracy. Anything else is just lawyer-speak. You voted for the UK to exit the EU, and that’s that. Not half-in, half-out. Leaving is leaving, and that means leaving everything.
If you want to make some specific points, write them down before you go. Stick to them and don’t let the MP deflect, which is a standard Remainer tactic. If you make an unassailable point. they typically won’t answer it and instead will say “yes, but what about xyz?” Readers who have had discussions with Remainers on social media will be familiar with this tactic. Ignore your MP if he or she does this and go back to the point that you expect them to respect the vote and for Brexit to be delivered in full.
Then – and most importantly of all - you must appeal to the MP’s self-interest. We explain this in the next article.
WRITING LETTERS
Letters are SO much more powerful than emails. Few people write letters these days so they have more impact. They have a physical presence and they show commitment on your part. Always include your name and address.
Remember, the key point is to communicate in such a way that the other person knows his or her stance is unacceptable and that you are not going to be fobbed off with a pretend Brexit or indeed no Brexit at all. Often any precise points you make will not be answered, as we said above, but the key thing is that the other person gets the message from you and many thousands of others that their position on Brexit is not acceptable.
WRITING EMAILS
These days MPs receive thousands of emails. The House of Commons server is set up to exclude emails sent to multiple recipients.
BREXIT FACTS4EU.ORG SUMMARY – ADVICE ON EMAILS TO MPs
  • Sending emails copied to many MPs doesn’t work
  • Only individually-addressed emails have a chance of being read
  • Multiple recipient emails will go into spam folders or will not be read
  • Always include your name and address
  • Many MPs have autoresponders which say that your email will not be read if you are not a constituent
  • We don’t know how vigorously an MP’s assistant checks that an address is in the constituency
WRITING TWEETS
We strongly suggest that you only send your MP a tweet after doing one of the actions above. Tweeting your MP is essentially a way of letting off steam. It’s always worth doing, for those MPs who actually see their Twitter accounts (many are run by assistants) but it’s low on the pecking order.
In terms of the seriousness with which the average MP will take your communication, it’s visits, then letters and calls, then emails, then social media messages.
THE KEY POINT TO REMEMBER
Remember, you’re not trying to win individual points about Brexit or to re-run the Referendum – most Remain-supporting MPs have no compelling arguments and will deflect onto another Brexit-related subject.
However if they think their job is under threat because of the number of emails, letters, calls or visits to surgeries they start receiving, they might worry that they’re on the losing side and then you’ve done your job!
       06.55am, 11 Aug 2018
READERS' COMMENTS
Please send us your comments and we will publish them here. You can of course use a pseudonym if you prefer, and it's always nice to know roughly where you're writing from. Please always state the headline of the article you're commenting on.
 THE PRIMARY TARGETS
GROUP 1 – MPs
PART 3 - BREXIT FACTS4EU.ORG "BREXIT BATTLE PACK"
In the article on ‘Communication Ground Rules’ we suggested 5 main methods of direct contact with your MP – visits, letters, calls, emails and tweets.
In addition there are indirect ways of influencing them. These include:
BREXIT FACTS4EU.ORG SUMMARY – INDIRECT INFLUENCE ON MPs
  • Calls to the MP’s constituency office
  • Individual letters to constituency Chairmen and Committee Members
  • Letters to the local newspapers
  • Calls or tweets to local radio phone-ins
  • Letters or emails to the party’s central headquarters about the MP
  • Tweets to the party central HQ twitter account, and constituency twitter accounts
GRAB THEM BY THE BALLOT BOX
Whichever methods you use, you must tell MPs that if they fail to respect the Referendum result as you see it, you will not vote for them at the next election. If you’re speaking for members of your family, name them, and add that the MP will lose their votes too.
If you feel so inclined you can also state that you will never vote for their party again. You might also add that you will be writing to their constituency chairman to say this, as well as to your local newspaper. And you will contribute to phone-ins on the local radio station.
Tell them that all you’re asking is that they respect the Referendum result, whatever they think of it, and that you expect them to respect democracy and deliver it. If they don’t, they can ‘kiss goodbye’ to your vote (and the votes of your family and friends if appropriate).
MPs really do care about their majorities.
YOU ARE THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG
VERY IMPORTANT – What follows may sound obvious but it needs saying and your MP needs to be reminded of it.
For every one person like you who takes action, there will be hundreds more who feel the same way but never quite get around to doing anything about it. In effect, you will be representing hundreds of the MP’s voters.
Make sure you remind your MP of this fact.
A WORD ABOUT MAJORITIES
If you ask an MP a specific question on Brexit, eg “How much faster did the economy grow each year, on average, in the 25 years after joining the Single Market?” they will flounder. (By the way, this is a trick question. It fell from an average growth of 2.4% in the 25 years before, to 2.2% in the 25 years after.)
However, if you ask any MP what majority he or she got at the last election, almost all of them will know.
A TRICK OF MATHS – majorities and voters switching their vote
If an MP had a majority of 2,000 at the 2017 general election, how many voters are needed to switch in order for the MP to lose the seat at the next election? (All other things being equal.)
The answer is 1,001. If 1,001 voters switched their votes from the current MP to the second-place challenger, the MP would be unseated.
Naturally all other votes would have to stay the same, but we’re making a general point which can be missed by many people.
So, if you look at your MP’s majority, remember to halve it when telling the MP that only x,xxx people like you have to switch your votes for him or her to be out of a job by 2022 at the latest.
EXAMPLE – AMBER RUDD MP
Arch-Remoaner Amber Rudd’s majority at the 2017 election was 346. If just 174 voters had switched to the challenger, she would have lost by 2 votes.
Remember that just by doing something you are one of the few. For every one of you there are probably many hundreds or even thousands like you in your constituency, who feel the same way but who don’t get around to telling the MP. If you live in Hastings or Rye, you could reasonably tell Ms Rudd that she should therefore start looking for another job if an election is called.
Unless she unequivocally starts backing a full, clean Brexit, of course….
There is more about this subject, as well as the MPs who are most under threat, in the first section of our 'Toolbox', further down this page.
FINALLY, SWITCHING OR ABSTAINING?
A principal argument from the Conservative Party Central Office apparatus to its members and voters is that you must vote Conservative at the next election because the alternative is Jeremy Corbyn.
Readers will have different views on this. Brexit Facts4EU.Org’s mission is to ensure Brexit is delivered in full. We must therefore adopt the ‘nuclear option’.
As with nuclear weapons, if the other side doesn’t believe you’ll use them, then they are no deterrent.
We have received countless emails from readers who have always voted Conservative, who tell us that they cannot do so again while Mrs May is in charge and if Brexit is fudged. We have also received a smaller number of emails telling us that however strong their feelings on Brexit, the readers could not in all conscience vote in a way which would put Mr Corbyn in power.
This is a decision that individual readers must make for themselves. We would only say that a possible alternative option for some readers who can’t vote for another party may be to go to the polling station and deliberately spoil their ballot paper – an ‘active abstention’.
As we suggested above, we believe the threat to democracy from the Establishment is now so severe that the Conservative Party (and its MPs) must believe that they will lose the next election if they don’t start respecting the Referendum result unequivocally and in full.
For the purposes of this action plan, actual votes are not required of course. However if you want to be honest with your MP then these are matters you should consider before contacting them.
WE WOULD LIKE TO ADD ONE FINAL POINT
If you live in one of the many constituencies where it is traditionally a 2-way fight, the one thing your MP will be most scared of is if you said you will be voting for the second-place challenger if your MP doesn't start supporting Brexit. The reason is simple: this would be the most likely to unseat him or her.
If the second-place candidate is a LibDem and therefore also a Remainer, you might even tell your Remainer MP that you might as well vote for the LibDems, as neither the LibDem candidate nor your MP back Brexit and you will simply punish your MP for not respecting the democratic result of the Referendum, as they are actually in Parliament at the time of the votes.
CONTACT DETAILS TOOLBOX
For contact details, we have prepared a ‘BREXIT BATTLE PACK TOOLBOX’ containing as much information as we can assemble on MPs, news organisations, local parties, etc. We will add this as soon as we can get the coding time from our developers, but it already contains really useful information.
Naturally this doesn’t stop you doing your own research! We ask readers please to send any useful contact details they have collated, and we will add them to our tables.
       06.55am, 11 Aug 2018
READERS' COMMENTS
Please send us your comments and we will publish them here. You can of course use a pseudonym if you prefer, and it's always nice to know roughly where you're writing from. Please always state the headline of the article you're commenting on.
 THE PRIMARY TARGETS
GROUP 2 - THE MEDIA
PART 4 - BREXIT FACTS4EU.ORG "BREXIT BATTLE PACK"
Day after day we read Remainers stating with absolute certainty that the TV media is biased in favour of Brexit. Yes, you read that right.
Needless to say, the facts don’t back this up. All surveys of relevant TV programmes (BBC Question Time, Any Questions, the Today Programme, Newsnight, the Marr Show, etc) have shown an overwhelming bias in favour of participants who are Remainers.
Even putting aside the detailed analysis that has been done, it’s obvious just from daily viewing how much of the TV media in particular are biased against Brexit. Enough said.
WHOSE VOICES ARE THE TV MEDIA HEARING?
What may not be fully appreciated by all readers is the activism of the Remain camp. When Leave won the Referendum, the Establishment started to get very active indeed. Many ordinary Remainers accepted the result but little by little an increasing number of Remainers became emboldened by the actions of the Establishment.
The result of all of this is that we strongly suspect (although naturally we have no access to the data from the media companies) that Remoaners have been far more active in contacting the media to complain.
Well, we suggest it’s time for ordinary Brexiteers to become as active as Remoaners are.
TV news remains at the top of the polls when people are asked where they get their news from. The internet has caught up - just - but there’s little doubt that the main news channels of the BBC, Sky News, and ITN are still key formers of public opinion.
THE QUESTION IS, WHAT CAN BE DONE PRACTICALLY?
1. THE BBC
With no commercial interests to worry about, the BBC considers itself above everything. We propose that at the very least we should ensure that they hear the voices of the 17.4 million who voted for Brexit.
This means complaints. Every day. By the thousands.
This won’t convert these metropolitan luvvies, but at the least it will gradually make them uneasy. Don’t forget, all we’re trying to do is to influence things, bring some balance, and achieve a more level playing field.
If BBC News and Current Affairs started receiving a much higher volume of daily complaints from Brexiteers, it might make some presenters less inclined to interrupt pro-Brexit guests whilst they allow Remainer guests to speak uninterrupted. It might make news editors more likely to invite pro-Brexit guests onto the shows. It might persuade them to report on stories which are intrinsically favourable to Brexit, instead of constantly running news pieces on (mostly fake) negative news.
In our Brexit Facts4EU.Org Battle Pack Toolbox, we are including the email addresses and phone numbers for BBC (and Sky and ITN) editors, programmes, and journalists, insofar as these are available.
Our proposal is that as many readers as possible get into the habit of emailing or calling the moment they see bias on a BBC news programme. Hit them hard, and hit them often. As with MPs, we suggest a combination of communication techniques, with the usual order of impact: letters, calls, emails, tweets.
2. COMMERCIAL TV – SKY NEWS AND ITN
Commercial TV only works on the basis of advertising revenue and subscriptions. This gives Brexiteers more leverage.
Readers can adopt the same method as with the BBC (above), and let the broadcasters know their views as often as possible and using a variety of means of communication. Without doubt this will make a difference. And even a marginal improvement would be something.
However with commercial broadcasters there is also the option of a threat which attacks their business model.
For Sky this could mean pulling financial support by cancelling or reducing subscriptions. Readers who felt so inclined could give the broadcaster a few weeks to introduce some normal impartiality, for example. If no improvement were seen this would result in the reader downgrading their subscription (perhaps their current subscription includes channels they rarely watch) or even of cancelling it altogether.
On the advertising revenue side, readers might feel inclined to say that they now consider xyz programme to be unwatchable. Some of the Brexit Facts4EU.Org team can no longer watch Adam Boulton’s daily “All Out Politics” programme, for example. (And please don’t get us started on Kay Burley.)
This sanction applies to both Sky and ITN. If you’re going to contact Sky or ITN to complain and tell them your proposed course of action, it’s important to link it to their commercial model.
In other words, “Please tell all advertising agencies placing spots on ‘All Out Politics’ that I will no longer see these adverts. And if I’m saying this, just remember that for each person like me there are hundreds who don’t complain, they just stop watching.”
       06.55am, 11 Aug 2018
READERS' COMMENTS
Please send us your comments and we will publish them here. You can of course use a pseudonym if you prefer, and it's always nice to know roughly where you're writing from. Please always state the headline of the article you're commenting on.
 DEMOCRACY
IT'S A NUMBERS GAME
PART 5 - BREXIT FACTS4EU.ORG "BREXIT BATTLE PACK"
What we are aiming to do with this Battle Pack is to inspire hundreds of thousands of ordinary people – including some who voted Remain but who respect democracy – to make their voices heard.
Let’s face it, we’re all a bit lazy about this kind of thing, or we're just too busy. We might turn to a friend, wife, husband or partner and say something, but what good does that do? Things are now getting desperate and desperate measures are required.
This means making a commitment. It means you saying to yourself “Yes, they’re right, I should do something. My voice is being ignored and I can’t trust MPs to respect the vote.”
DO ONE THING
We know the Brexit Battle Pack is a long read. However we needed to say a lot to ensure that whatever you do, it will be as effective as possible.
We urge all readers to pick up at least one of the ideas above and actually run with it. Obviously, the more you can do, the better, but why not at least commit to doing one thing?
This Brexit Facts4EU.Org initiative may not be perfect, it certainly doesn’t include everything and we’ll be adding to it, but at least we’ve taken a stand. We’ve proposed practical ways you can make a difference and help to ensure we get a true, clean Brexit.
To the cynics, all we can say is you exist in every walk of life. It’s not clever to pick holes. We can all do that. Why allow MPs and the media to think they can get away with some absurd, fudged pretence of a Brexit – or indeed no Brexit at all – without a fight?
And remember, a recent Brexit vote in the Commons was won by just 4 votes. Your efforts don't have to influence everyone in order to make a huge difference.
BATTLE PACK TOOLBOX 1 AND 2 - YOU CAN HELP
The Brexit Facts4EU.Org Battle Pack Toolbox has now been added to this page. This has as many contact details as possible, to make it easier for readers to take action. Naturally this has taken time to assemble.
The Toolbox comes in two parts. The first part contains links to names, addresses, email addresses, and contact numbers for MPs and media organisations.
Part 2 will have a small selection of some of the most powerful charts we have produced over the last three years. This will serve as a resource not just for readers wanting to contact MPs and the media, but also as a general summary of some of the strongest confirmations of why the British people made the right choice in 2016. We don't see this as essential for the Battle Pack to be effective however, as the main aim of the campaign is to show MPs and the media what will happen if they don't simply respect the vote.
ANY THOUGHTS?
What we need now is for all of you who are reading this to have a think, and contact us with any practical suggestions. This advance Pack has only been released to readers who have supported our work financially. We did this so that we can improve the Pack based on your ideas. Only then will we launch it to the public and to the other Brexit organisations.
We look forward to hearing from you asap.
       06.55am, 11 Aug 2018
READERS' COMMENTS
Please send us your comments and we will publish them here. You can of course use a pseudonym if you prefer, and it's always nice to know roughly where you're writing from. Please always state the headline of the article you're commenting on.
 BREXIT FACTS4EU.ORG's
BREXIT BATTLE PACK TOOLBOX
PART 6 - PUTTING THEORY INTO PRACTICE
FIRST COMPARTMENT: TOOLS FOR CONTACTING MPs
Before you contact an MP or the media, we strongly recommend reading our advice above. General communication advice is here. There is also some specific advice about dealing with MPs here and with the media here.
CONTACTING MORE THAN ONE MP
If you wish to contact more than one MP, you can do this if you have friends or family in other constituencies and if they agree with your Brexit stance. They may be perfectly happy for you to use their postal address and to speak/write on their behalf. This is a matter for readers and all we can say is the more MPs receiving contact on this subject the better.
The key thing is that you should be able to provide an address in the constituency when contacting an MP.
FINDING CONTACT DETAILS
Address for all MPs: [MP’s name], House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA.
Post is redirected when the House is not sitting, as at present.
Phone number for all MPs: 020 7219 3000. Just ask for your MP by name.
House of Commons directory of MPs – just type in your postcode to find your MP or use the alphabetical list. Here is an example entry:-
© Parliament
EMAILING
As we have said in articles above, emailing an MP is fine but please remember that it’s easy to email so many people do that. Letters take more time and effort but they have more impact.
It’s worth noting that our Editor has the private email addresses of many politicians, as well as their mobile numbers, but these were given in confidence and we can’t provide these under any circumstances. The reason for them giving their private email addresses is precisely because MPs receive so many emails each day on their parliamentary email accounts.
You can also use a free “write to your MP” service but be aware that this sends an email not a letter. The advantage is that they track whether MPs respond or not.
CONSTITUENCY OFFICES
These are listed for some MPs by using the House of Commons Directory, above. If it’s not there it will be in the phone book under ‘Members of Parliament’, or you can call the MP’s office in the Commons to get the address.
In addition, the Labour Party has a tool on its site for finding your MP. Click on the box when the MP’s details come up and the next page generally contain the constituency contact details. Labour also has a list of regional offices – details below.
MP’S SURGERIES
These are organised at local level. Contact the constituency office who will give you details. You don’t have to give a reason, just that you want to see your MP on a personal matter. Please be nice to the person giving the information – they may want to reassure themselves that you are not a security threat, which is understandable.
If when you see your MP he or she immediately tries to tell you that Brexit is a national not a constituency matter, stress that you only need a few minutes and that for you it’s a constituency matter because the MP’s job is at stake.
POLITICAL PARTY HQ’s
You may wish to contact an MP’s party at national or regional level. We don’t see why national, regional or local Chairmen and activists shouldn’t be aware of the strength of feeling in the country.
Conservative Party: 020 7222 9000
Labour Party: 0870 5900 200
Liberal Democrat Party: 020 7222 7999
Plaid Cymru: 029 2064 6000
Scottish National Party: 0131 525 8900
Conservative Campaign Headquarters
4 Matthew Parker Street, London SW1H 9HQ
+44 (0) 20 7222 9000
Labour Party Campaign Headquarters
The Labour Party Labour Central, Kings Manor, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6PA
0345 092 2299
Labour’s London address:
Southside, 105 Victoria Street, London SW1E 6QT
Scottish Labour Party
290 Bath Street, Glasgow G2 4RE
Welsh Labour
1 Cathedral Road, Cardiff CF11 9HA
LABOUR PARTY REGIONAL OFFICES
Labour South East (This site is currently down.)
UKIP
We have not given any detailed information for UKIP because their stance is firmly pro-Brexit and they don’t currently have any MPs. You may of course wish to blind copy anything you do to Gerard Batten, for information purposes.
MAJORITIES – HOW VULNERABLE IS YOUR MP?
If you want to work smart – and our readers are nothing if not smart - Brexit Facts4EU.Org has conducted its own analysis of the most vulnerable MPs.
In the 2017 general election there were:-
BREXIT FACTS4EU.ORG - ANALYSIS OF VULNERABLE MPs
  • 80 seats with a majority of less than 2,000
  • 120 seats with a majority of less than 3,000
  • 180 seats with a majority of less than 5,000
  • 293 seats with a majority of less than 10,000
This means a large number of MPs are vulnerable. Remember, an MP with a majority of 2,000 votes only has to see 1,001 switch to the second place candidate and they would lose their seat. (In reality because these seats have majorities under 2,000 then it takes less than 1,000 voters to switch, in order for 80 MPs to lose their jobs, all other things being equal.)
And if there is a big backlash against MPs who refuse to accept the result of the Referendum, large swings are a very real possibility, threatening the jobs of a couple of hundred MPs or more.
Click here to see the top 80 most vulnerable seats, with majorities of less than 2,000. These are broken into the top 40 and the 41-80 most marginal.
© Brexit Facts4EU.Org 2018
NEXT – HOW TO TARGET THE MEDIA
In the next section we provide contact information for the broadcast media including the BBC, who have such a major impact on the public when it comes to Brexit.
       06.55am, 12 Aug 2018
READERS' COMMENTS
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 BREXIT FACTS4EU.ORG's
BREXIT BATTLE PACK TOOLBOX
PART 7 - PUTTING THEORY INTO PRACTICE
SECOND COMPARTMENT: TOOLS FOR CONTACTING THE MEDIA
CONTACTING THE BROADCAST MEDIA AND COMBATTING THE BIAS
The BBC, Sky and ITN constantly protest that they are free of bias regarding Brexit. We find this laughable based on our monitoring of their output on TV and online.
Formal surveys which have been carried out on major BBC political programmes have found an overwhelming bias in favour of guests who are anti-Brexit, or who voted Remain.
It is our opinion that the BBC (and most other broadcast media organisations) are full of Remain supporters. We also observe that the vast majority of presenters clearly have very little knowledge of the EU, nor the issues surrounding Brexit. An obvious exception at the BBC is Mr Andrew Neil, who is the master of his art.
JUST ONE SMALL INDICATOR OF THE BBC’S BIAS
You only have to look at the newspapers bought by the BBC. The Remainiac Guardian represents only 2.9% of the circulation of the main 9 daily newspapers sold in the UK. Yet it is the second-most bought newspaper by the BBC. Pro-rata the BBC buys more than five times as many copies as are bought by the public.
The newspaper bought most by the BBC is the Times, which also came out for Remain in the Referendum. [Sources: Official ABC circulation statistics 2018, and Freedom of Information request to the BBC in July 2017.]
COMPLAIN LOUD AND OFTEN, BUT KEEP IT SIMPLE
As with politicians, we do not propose that readers attempt to convert those who work in the broadcast media. However we do propose that you may want to let them know just how much you disapprove of their work. If nothing else, this will make them think and might even make a difference to their output.
If thousands of readers made a short (even one-line) complaint each time they saw evident anti-Brexit bias on the TV, it might make a few people sit up and take notice.
1. COMPLAINING TO THE BBC
BREXIT FACTS4EU.ORG SUMMARY - BBC COMPLAINTS
Here are some email addresses for the BBC News Channel:
  • Main studio email
  • We believe that many BBC News presenters have emails in the format firstname.lastname@bbc.co.uk
You can also contact the BBC’s Newswatch programme:
BREXIT FACTS4EU.ORG SUMMARY - BBC NEWSWATCH
  • By telephone: 0370 010 6676
  • By post: Newswatch, W1 NBH 03D, BBC Broadcasting House, London W1A 1AA (This is not a misprint)
  • By email: Newswatch
  • By Twitter: www.twitter.com/newswatchbbc
You may want to read the following:-
2. COMPLAINING TO SKY NEWS
BREXIT FACTS4EU.ORG SUMMARY - COMPLAINTS TO SKY
We believe that many Sky News presenters have emails in the format firstname.lastname@sky.uk
You may want to read the following:-
3. COMPLAINING TO ITN
ITN powers ITV News, Channel 4 News, and 5 News.
BREXIT FACTS4EU.ORG SUMMARY - COMPLAINTS TO ITN
GENTLE REMINDER
Always be polite, but firm. We strongly recommend that you don't try to convert anyone. Your complaint should simply be about what you see as evident bias in a programme, preferably immediately after you've watched it.
NEXT – KILLER CHARTS AND FACTS
In the next section of the Toolbox we will be providing some of our most impactful and simple charts and facts, addressing the main reasons why the EU is not what politicians and the media think it is.
We will publish this information as soon as we can, but please bear in mind that it's a huge piece of work.
       08.20am, 13 Aug 2018
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