House of Lords

What on earth is a Lord?

The UK Parliament is divided into two. On one side is the House of Commons where your MP sits; on the other is the House of Lords. Proposed new laws have to be considered by both Houses. Lords become members by a complex mixture of appointment, religion, hereditary entitlement, and self-election (details).

Can I write to my Lord?

Yes. WriteToThem has a Write to Your Lord section.

Why write to your Lord?

Well, they may not be elected, but they still get to vote on and amend all sorts of bills that affect us all every day when they become law. By writing to a Lord you might be able to tell them about something you think they should care about, provide information to someone who you support, or provide counter evidence to someone you disagree with.

Which Lord should I write to?

Think about an issue you care about. Then enter it into the box as a word or a phrase. We'll show you a list of the Lords who speak most on that issue.

Don't just pick the top Lord: read a bit about what they've said. If they're a minister they'll probably be very hard to persuade, so you probably want to pick someone who's not working directly for the Government.

Or, if you just want to tell a Lord about an issue that they don't know about, press the Random Lord button.

Why do I need a UK postcode to write to a Lord?

Lords sit in the UK Parliament. Amongst other things, they vote on the passing of UK law. Just as we don't let people contact MPs other than their own, we don't let people from outside the UK contact Lords. Please use the same postcode that you would use to contact your MP. See "What postcode should I use?" if you're not sure what postcode to use, for example if you are in the Armed Services.

How does it work? Do you have all the Lords email addresses?

Not yet! Currently, we are just using the House of Lords central facility as the majority of peers don't have offices.

If you are a peer yourself, and would prefer to receive messages directly, please contact us.

How many Lords can I write to?

A few, but don't try and write to loads. You see, they've only got this one machine, and we don't want to overwhelm it. The Parliament website gives more details about different ways to contact Lords, and the different limits on sending bulk messages to all Lords.

We also very aggressively prevent copy-and-pasted messages to Lords. This is because the House of Lords throw away bulk sent messages, so it is a waste of time. Do not tell people to copy and paste letters to Lords, get them to write in their own words. See our Guidelines for campaigning for more information on this.

Why should a Lord bother replying to my message?

Because we believe that most politicians are actually decent people trying to do their best. But if relying on people to do the decent thing doesn't work, there are always other forms of encouragement.

What, do you mean you're going to publish league tables of Lords' responsiveness?

As standard, we gather data on the responsiveness of all representatives contacted via our service. We'll be doing the same for Lords.

Do you have a Lords reform agenda? What do you think about an elected reform?

Hah! Like we've got time to think about things like that with all these pesky democratic websites to run.

When should I write to a Lord, instead of, say, my MP?

There are various reasons you might want to write to a Lord. They may be passionately involved with an issue you care about, or you might disagree with them on an issue that they speak about publicly. Often you might find that a Bill containing something you care about has been passed from the Commons to the Lords for debate, amendment or approval. Or, of course, you might just want to ask them what they do, or what they think about something. Whatever: they're your Lords.

This is ace — how can I help you guys?

Easy — become a volunteer!