A guide to asking your MP to #TurnUpSaveLives

With the vote happening today, we need to make sure the 0.7% bill on international aid makes it through its third and final reading in Parliament. Here's what you can do to help.

5 Dec 2014

We can't let this opportunity slip through our fingers.

If 100 MPs make it to Westminster today, Friday 5 December, we could make history. With enough support, we could see the UK's commitment to spend 0.7% of our national income on international development enshrined in law, and safeguard our commitment to the world's poorest communities.

But right now, only 94 MPs have agreed to be there – and some key names are missing.

With the vote coming up today, that means we have a big challenge on our hands, and we need your help. Here's what you can do.

Step 1: Ask your MP to attend

Fill in our simple form and we'll send an email to your MP, asking them to be in Westminster for the vote today, Friday 5 December.

MP already agreed to attend? Great news! Why not send them a tweet to say thank you? Just add in their @name and copy and paste our message below:

Thank you [@] for committing to #TurnUpSaveLives to safeguard Britain's promises to the poorest

Step 2: Ask these key MPS to be there

If the 0.7% bill is to progress, we need a lot of support and at least 100 MPs in Parliament this Friday – and there are still some key figures who haven't made the commitment to attend.

By sending them a tweet, you can help us send a clear message that their support isn't just symbolic, it will save lives. You can copy and paste our messages below, or tweet your own.

  1. Tweet Zac Goldsmith MP
    I know you care about international development @ZacGoldsmith. Please protect our promises today #TurnUpSaveLives @WaterAidUK
  2. Tweet Edward Davey MP
    .@EdwardDaveyMP please support @MichaelMooreMP’s bill to protect our aid promises today #TurnUpSaveLives #GivingTuesday
  3. Tweet Glenda Jackson MP
    .@GlendaJacksonMP before you stand down, please protect our promises to the world’s poorest people and #TurnUpSaveLives today. 
  4. Tweet Greg Hands MP
    I’m proud of what we give through UK aid. @GregHands – please help us protect our promises today. #TurnUpSaveLives  #GivingTuesday
  5. Tweet Clive Efford MP
    It’s #GivingTuesday @CliveEfford – and we need you to commit to protecting our aid promises today #TurnUpSaveLives
  6. Tweet Nicola Blackwood MP
    .@NicolaBlackwood please show you care about international development and #TurnUpSaveLives today @WaterAidUK
  7. Tweet Vince Cable MP
    Please protect our aid promises @VinceCable and #TurnUpSaveLives today. #GivingTuesday
  8. Tweet Mike Weatherley MP
    Will you protect our promises to the world's poorest people and #TurnUpSaveLives today @Mike_Weatherley? #GivingTuesday

If you hear back from an MP don't forget to let us know on Twitter using #TurnUpSaveLives.
Credit: @wlakhani

Step 3: Ask your friends to send a message too

We never expected the 0.7% bill to get through its Second Reading, but it did – because of you.

Now we're at the Third Reading - the final hurdle - we need your support more than ever. And we know there's strength in numbers too.

If you have family, friends or colleagues who care about international development, please send them the link to this page and ask them to get involved:

Thank you so much for your support. We'll keep you updated on what happens next.

Keep an eye on the latest number of MPs who have agreed to #TurnUpSaveLives here >