WriteToThem sent a total of 174,750 messages to elected representatives (and Lords) in the year 2007.
This included 88,200 messages to MPs, and 86,550 to other elected representatives.
57,459 people answered our feedback survey about communicating with their MP in 2007.
The survey asked whether people had had a reply (not just an acknowledgement) from their representative.
People were surveyed initially after 2 weeks, and if they didn't answer, were surveyed again after 3 weeks. Because of this, and because of the way different people interpret the survey, you should interpret the WriteToThem Zeitgeist figures with caution.
Also, comparing percentage response rates can be misleading: if you are planning to do so, please read more about that on our blog.
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Note: While some MPs are very slow at responding to constituents mail, that doesn't mean they aren't otherwise active in or around Parliament on behalf of their constituents. You can see MPs voting record, committee memberships and interests on their TheyWorkForYou page.
|Month in 2007||Top campaign site linking to WriteToThem|
|January||everyinvestor.co.uk ("independent financial news")|
|February||Animal Aid † ("the UK’s largest animal rights group")|
|March||Our World Our Say (on Trident replacement)|
|April||CTC ("the UK’s National Cyclists’ Organisation")|
|May||Liberal Democrats (on Freedom of Information and Parliament)|
|June||Oxfam (an international development NGO)|
|July||Republic ("the Campaign for an Elected Head of State")|
|August||People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (on foie gras)|
|September ‡||I want a referendum (on "EU’s constitutional treaty")|
|October||Radiohead (an English alternative rock band)|
|November||unsubscribe-me (an Amnesty International campaign)|
|December||NO2ID ("Stop ID cards and the database state")|
‡ In September we also had a lot of traffic from easyJet, see "easyJet’s cheapo astroturfing campaign downs charity servers". However, they were links from an email, which web statistics software can’t track the source of, so they don’t appear in this table.
Where a site was top for more than one month, it has been excluded from the later months for variety. Non-campaigning sites, such as search engines, directories, TheyWorkForYou, Public Whip, and news stories about mySociety, have been excluded from this table. Most of the campaigns were short term, and their specific page no longer works, so we have instead linked to the top level of the campaigning site.
Overall, according to our users’ survey responses, MPs were 1% less responsive to constituents’ messages sent via WriteToThem in 2007 compared to in 2006. Once again MPs have moved to the middle - there are slightly fewer MPs with dire response rates (below 20%) and also fewer with tip top scores (above 80%). Unfortunately, the now fatter bump in the middle has shifted leftwards a bit, meaning more MPs are scoring below 50% than last year. More details in the full MP Responsiveness League Table.