Dear Colleagues,

I have been contacted by the PR lead for the Probation Association who wants as many of you as possible to write to your MP to ask them to sign Early Day Motion 622. The EDM supports probation’s recent achievements and I have reproduced it in full below. The conclusion of the Probation Review is due out imminently and the service faces a great deal of change during the next few months, it is reassuring to see that politicians from across the political spectrum have chosen this moment to support the work we are doing. I believe doing as much as possible to raise awareness about probation among MPs is particularly important at this time, and EDM 622 seeks to achieve that aim.

EDMs are formal motions submitted for debate in the House of Commons by MPs, and although very few are actually debated, they allow politicians to draw attention to an event or cause. MPs register their support by signing individual motions. Asking your MP to sign the motion is best achieved by writing to them, notifying them about the EDM and encouraging them to give it their support. To find out who your MP is and where to address the letter, please log onto: http://findyourmp.parliament.uk/ . If you struggle to get the details, please feel free to contact Kevin Allsop Branch Chair: chair@nwpc.org.uk
MPs should reply to your letter and I would be most grateful if you could forward their correspondence to me so that I can collate the information for future reference.

EDM 622 has so far being backed by 34 MPs from across the political spectrum, including four of the region’s representatives. For more details, click on the link below. The EDM’s text is beneath the link.