What am I committing myself to?
You're only committing yourself to receiving the occasional email from us informing you about available tasks - you're not obliged to accept anything! The sort of tasks we will suggest are fairly small ones like researching local issues, finding out information about your candidates, and uploading election leaflets. These might be small, but thousands of volunteers doing them will add up considerably.
What do I get out of it?
The satisfaction of helping people make an informed choice at the election, and perhaps you'll learn a bit about your politicians along the way!
Can I sign up as a volunteer to cover more than one constituency?
Yes, we know that people often have quite detailed knowledge of several constituencies, so we're enabling people to sign up to volunteer for three constituencies each. However, the constituency for which you enter your postcode will be considered your primary patch.
Can I share the job with other local people?
We very much hope that multiple volunteers will sign up in the same constituencies. In these cases we will use email to put volunteers in touch with each other to make up their own minds how to divvy up tasks, identify local issues, and so on.
I'm a party activist or candidate - can I sign up?
Absolutely! Do remember, though, that we want to keep the site politically neutral and non-partisan - the only stance we have is pro-democracy. We don't want self-promotion, but you're welcome to contribute in any other way.
How is my volunteering going to help people at the election?
You'll be helping compile information that makes it easier to know what the people who want your vote stand for. The help you'll be giving YourNextMP will result in a database of candidates and their opinions about local and national issues. Your work with The Straight Choice will hold candidates and parties to account for what they post through letterboxes -- something until now they've been able to do unnoticed. And by helping TheyWorkForYou ask candidates a variety of local and national questions, you'll be building a record of opinions and beliefs that will help people choose who to vote for, and after the election, compare their MPs' actions with their previous statements.
Why are you asking me about local issues? Aren't these in the power of local councils, rather than MPs?Yes - your MP doesn't have direct power over most local issues. However, they live in your constituency, and they do wield influence there. Most importantly, what they think about local issues is unlikely to be subject to a strong party line, so it gives you an opportunity to get some kind of an insight into what they themselves think, instead of the central Party office. It also gives candidates an opportunity to demonstrate how national party policy might tie in and affect you on a local level.
We're a campaign group - can we help you?
We are neutral on all issues so we can't directly help you, but if you believe in the same way as us that good factual information can only be good for voters, then it'd be a great help to send people our way.
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