Tell Them Science is Vital

My message to my MP

This week is British Science Week and, with the UK General Election just weeks away, UK grassroots campaign group Science is Vital is encouraging people to e-mail their MPs and parliamentary candidates to highlight the need for increased investment in science. We’ve just released shocking statistics which show that the UK’s investment in research as a fraction of GDP is lower than any G8 country in the last 20 years.

You can find out more in our Guardian blog entry, and information on contacting your MP and candidates at the Science is Vital website.

I’ve e-mailed my MP, Lib Dem Lynne Featherstone, asking for her support for increased funding. I’ve also contacted my local Labour candidate Catherine West, and Green contender Gordon Peters. I can’t currently find any way to contact the Conservative candidate…I’ve had to send the local Conservative Association a Facebook message! Watch this space.

My message to Lynne is copied below. Other messages were tailored slightly for other recipients.

If you’re thinking of writing to your MP, I hope it can provide a bit of inspiration. Feel free to use it as a framework, but be sure to add some of your own personal thoughts for maximum impact.

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