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Workshop aims to turn up the heat on Bishop's Stortford's MP about climate change

Lucy Downes (10187531)
Lucy Downes (10187531)

A workshop to teach Bishop's Stortford residents how to turn up the heat on the town's Conservative MP about climate change will take place at the town's library next week.

Over the past two years, thousands of people have been galvanised by the Divest Parliament campaign - asking MPs to divest the Parliamentary Pension Fund from fossil fuels.

The campaign argues that if the country is serious about tackling climate change, it should not continue investing in fossil fuels - especially through the pension fund of political leaders who have committed to curbing global warming.

So far, 242 MPs, including leaders of the Labour Party, the SNP in Westminster, Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru and the Green Party have signed up. However, Mark Prisk, the Tory member for Hertford and Stortford, has yet to put his name to the Divest Parliament pledge.

The Divest Parliament team have teamed up with the East Hertfordshire Green Party candidate Lucy Downes, who stood for seats on Bishop's Stortford town and East Herts district council earlier this month, to devise a workshop to empower locals to engage effectively with Mr Prisk on this issue.

The session is action focused and covers tips for how to build relationships with MPs - and councillors - from reading body language and asking the right questions to getting the right people in the room.

Lucy said, "The session is aimed at anyone who cares about climate change and wants to learn new skills. Everyone is welcome; it doesn't matter what your background is or who you voted for in the election. This is a great opportunity to meet like-minded people in the community."

The lobbying workshop runs from 11am to 1pm at Bishop Stortford Library in The Causeway, on Saturday, May 25. Contact divestparliament@gmail.com for more details.

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