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Contact your MP

Join us in lobbying politicians around the UK and asking them to focus their efforts on increasing the uptake of cervical screening in your local area.

Contact your candidates before the general election

The General Election on 12th December will decide which MP will represent your area.  Ask your candidates to support our manifesto to make cervical cancer a disease of the past.  

By signing up to the manifesto, your candidates will be pledging to work with us, if elected, to:

  1. Encourage the Government to develop an action plan to eliminate cervical cancer
  2. Improve access to cervical screening
  3. Improve outcomes for those living with the long term effects of cervical cancer treatment
  4. Commit to ensuring the cancer workforce is equipped to meet the needs of the current and future cancer population 

We want to get as many candidates as possible to support these aims!  It’s easy to take part:

I'm supporting the @jotrust manifesto which aims to make #cervicalcancer a disease of the past. Read it at www.jostrust.org.uk/manifesto. Will you join them?

Dear NAME OF CANDIDATE

I live in your area at [INSERT ADDRESS]. I support Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, the UK’s only charity dedicated to women, their families and friends affected by cervical cancer and cervical abnormalities and I am writing to you ask for your support in the next Parliament if you are elected to:

  1. Encourage the Government to develop an action plan to eliminate cervical cancer
  2. Improve access to cervical screening
  3. Improve outcomes for those living with the long term effects of cervical cancer treatment
  4. Commit to ensuring the cancer workforce is equipped to meet the needs of the current and future cancer population 

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust raises awareness about how cervical cancer can be prevented and campaigns for best care and treatment. [INSERT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR REASONS FOR SUPPORTING THE CHARITY].

I would be delighted if you would support these four key asks in the next Parliament – you can read more details in the Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust manifesto here: www.jostrust.org.uk/manifesto. 

I would be grateful if you could reply to let me know if you if you are happy to support the Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust manifesto.  You can show your support online too with a tweet such as “I'm supporting the @jotrust manifesto which aims to make #cervicalcancer a disease of the past. Read more at jostrust.org.uk/manifesto".

Thank you for your support.

Yours sincerely,

YOUR NAME

Contact your MSP / AM

We've put together a draft letter that you can personalise and send to your AM (if you live in Wales) or MSP (if you live in Scotland) to ask them to support efforts to encourage people to attend their cervical screening (smear test), and to help save lives.

You’ll need to find out who your AM / MSP is (details on how to do this are below), and find their contact email address or postal address from their website.

Then copy and paste the letter below to an email, add your personal details and send it to your representative. Please keep us updated with any response you get by emailing [email protected]

 

Scotland: Find out who your MSP is: http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/msps.aspx 

Wales: Find out who your AM is: http://www.assembly.wales/en/memhome/Pages/memhome.aspx 

Draft letter

NAME OF AM / MSP

ADDRESS OR EMAIL ADDRESS

DATE

Dear NAME OF AM / MSP,

I live in your constituency at [INSERT ADDRESS]. I support Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, the UK’s only charity dedicated to women, their families and friends affected by cervical cancer and cervical abnormalities and I am writing to you ask for your support in helping to raise awareness about the importance of cervical screening (smear tests).

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust raises awareness about how cervical cancer can be prevented and campaigns for best care and treatment. [INSERT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR REASONS FOR SUPPORTING THE CHARITY]

As you may know, cervical screening uptake is at an all-time low with more than a quarter of women not taking up their screening appointment.  This means that more women are being diagnosed with cervical cancer.

I am passionate about the need to raise awareness about the importance of screening, and believe that more should be done in local areas to encourage women to attend their appointments.

I would be grateful if you could help us to raise awareness about cervical screening by:

  1. Supporting awareness raising work in local media and on social media during Cervical Cancer Prevention Week (January 2020)
  2. Contacting Jane at Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, [email protected], for updates about cervical cancer and prevention and local statistics
  3. [If contacting an MSP from your area in Scotland] Getting in touch with our Health Board to ask them what they are doing to encourage women locally to attend their cervical screening appointments
  4. [If contacting an AM from your area in Wales], Getting in touch with our local Trust to ask them what they are doing to encourage women locally to attend their cervical screening appointments.

Further information about cervical cancer prevention can be found at www.jostrust.org.uk. 

Thank you for your support.

Yours sincerely,

YOUR NAME

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