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5 Ways to get Involved With Politics

The world of politics can seem daunting, and many people feel that they don't have the skills or experience to get involved. However, there are many ways to get involved with politics that don't involve standing for election.

Here are 5 ways you can get involved with politics and make a difference.

1. Volunteer for a Political Campaign

Volunteering for a political campaign is a great way to get involved with politics. Campaigns are always looking for volunteers to help with canvassing, campaigning, and other tasks.

Volunteering for a campaign can be a great way to meet new people, learn about the political process, and make a difference in your community, not to mention building networking and communication skills.

Search ‘[Your Party] volunteer’ to find out more! Here’s an example from the UK Green Party website.

2. Attend Constituency Surgeries

No, it’s not quite what it sounds like.

Political surgeries are a great way to get involved with local politics and find out what’s going on in your area. Your MP will use these as an opportunity to communicate with constituents, while you can take this as a chance to draw attention to the issues that matter to you.

This page will help you to find your MP. Following them on social media or joining newsletters can help you stay up to date on events.

3. Sign E-Petitions

Signing petitions is a great way to get directly involved in politics.

If a petition receives over 10,000 signatures, the government will respond. If a petition receives over 100,000 signatures, it will be considered for debate in parliament.

Anyone can create a petition on the website. While this does insure that everyone can get involved, you may see some petitions that can be considered offensive.

Focus instead on promoting issues that you believe in, rather than drawing attention to potentially negative causes.

4. Write Letters to Your Elected Officials

Writing letters to your elected officials is another way to get involved with politics. Elected officials are always looking to hear from their constituents, and writing a letter can be a great way to make your voice heard.

Be sure to be clear and concise in your letter, and focus on the issues that are most important to you.

Some MPs and councillors may take longer to respond than others. Don’t be afraid to send follow-up emails, or email adjacent colleagues if you believe the issue to be important enough.

5. Attend Political Rallies and Protests

Attending political rallies and protests is another way to get involved with politics. These events can be a great way to show your support for a particular issue or candidate, and they can also be a great way to meet like-minded individuals.

Be sure to stay safe and follow all local laws and regulations when attending these events. Thompsons’ Solicitors has a great link to help you protest safely and legally.

Wired also offers helpful tips to help you keep safe when protesting.

There are so many opportunities for you to get involved with politics, and promote the causes that matter to you. You don’t always have to run for election to local or national governments, you don’t even have to be a political expert - you just need a cause.

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