Thursday 12 January 2012

Pester a Peer 2012

The letter is below. Feel free to use it as is, or to personalise it (for example switching 'we' to 'I' if that's more your style, or adding your own experiences). Please comment below and tell me how many peers you would be up for emailling (even one is one closer to all of them) - I can then suggest some to you and try and keep track to make sure that we cover everyone. Or, pick a random letter of the alphabet here and work through it. You can find out how people voted here.

Flo =]

Dear x,

We were delighted with the outcome of the ESA votes (If the peer in question voted our way on ESA, you could add a thank-you here) - finally some hope that we are being heard. It was, therefore, with great concern that we heard that one of these amendments may have essentially been overturned - especially because of the circumstances surrounding the vote which to an outside observer seemed somewhat underhand.

I'm sure that by now you will have seen a copy of Reponsible Reform the 'Spartacus Report' (linked here) and we would ask you to read it if you haven't already. It outlines a number of concerns surrounding proposed reform to DLA. While we are not opposed to reform of DLA in its own right, we are concerned that the motivation behind these particular reforms are primarily financial. Whilst we understand efforts to eliminate fraudulent claimants, we are worried that the negative effects of these reforms on genuine claimants will significantly outweigh any benefit to the economy. Removal of support for disabled people and carers is also often a false economy, because the costs get shunted to another part of the system (for example to the NHS if reduced support causes health crises).

You might want to include your own story of how DLA reform will affect you here.

Please remember sick and disabled people and carers in the continuing debates and votes - you have our future wellbeing in your hands.

Thank-you, etc


  1. patricia - lightacandle12 January 2012 at 22:49


    I'll take a, b, c if you want and then come back for more.....?

  2. that would be great :) if it ends up being too much, don't be afraid to say so! x

  3. patricia - lightacandle12 January 2012 at 23:08

    OK - will go ahead with that and get back to you tomorrow for more if need be. I'll retweet your tweet to try and get more people too :)

  4. patricia - lightacandle13 January 2012 at 11:21


    Just about to start now - no other people? Yikes. I'll do a retweet to try to get more people.

  5. Hi

    Been too busy tweeting! (Sorry)I'll take m n o.


  6. I'll start at Z and head backwards.

  7. confused - how do we find the e-mail addresses for these Lords?

  8. Anna - if you go to this link :

    it gives peers in alphabetical order. If you click on someone's name it will take you to their profile, which includes an email address =]

    Thanks Bramble

  9. Hiya, Id be happy to pitch in. If others are doing ABC & XYZ I could do somewhere in the middle of the alphabet? Any/all advice gratefully recieved :)

    bendyleopard (Lex)

  10. Have done M. Will do N & O later today. The link you gave only has e-mail addresses for about half of the lords!

  11. Great, so we have ABC, MNO, ST, XYZ (I think) thanks for your help guys =]

    Not all of the peers have published email addresses unfortunately, if you're feeling keen you can send them actual letters, or go to and find them on there

  12. Thanks Flo -my fault, I thought I'd start with S and the first two don't have e-mail addresses, so got confused. I blame brain fog!

  13. I ended up doing all of those listed in the comments on Sues blog. Once I had the bit between my teeth I felt a bit stubborn and high-horsey, hahaha.


  14. patricia (lightacandle)13 January 2012 at 15:42

    Do you have a link for those listed on Sues blog - I looked but couldn't find it - and then won't duplicate. You can send up to 6 non e.mail addresses via contactholmember@parliament.UK if the letter is the same. Have asked if 6 per day or if that is total? Will Labour all automatically vote for amendments? - and if so is it best to concentrate on tories after Lib Dem and Cross Bench ones? Have done Lib Dem/Cross bench - About to start tories A-C (yeuch)..then will move on to D-F

  15. patricia (lightacandle)13 January 2012 at 15:57

    Just got this reply...

    Thank you for your email.

    I too have very grave concerns about the Welfare Reform Bill. As the Bill is so vast, I am concentrating on Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and Personal Independence Payments (PIP).

    Please follow my contributions in the House of Lords Chamber, in Hansard, on (click on Lords Debates).

    I very much appreciate your taking the time to write to me.

    Yours sincerely,

    Jane Campbell
    The Baroness Campbell of Surbiton DBE

  16. Great =] Baroness Campbell has been one of our most vocal representatives within the Lords, even though her own health is not good. Thanks for all your hard work lovely!

  17. Have just completed N and O. Am planning to revisit those peers without e-mail addresses over the weekend.


  18. I will take PQR and email later today!

    I'm going to email Lib Dem and Crossbench peers.

    So it looks like now

    ABC, (DEF?), MNO, PQR, ST, and XYZ are being covered!

  19. I had a reply from Baroness Lister: Thank you for getting in touch. Yes we were all taken aback by the vote late at night but I think efforts are being made to ensure it doesn't negate what we achieved on ESA youth condition. However, it does look like govt wants to overturn all the amendments in HoC.

    Obviously it's worrying that the govt are trying to find a loophole to overturn the Lords decisions when it doesn't suit them.

  20. patricia - lightacandle14 January 2012 at 14:39

    I'm doing DEF and GHI JKL today and tomorrow - cross bench and lib dems mostly. Will try for more if time allows :)

  21. I have had no replies, save for three automatic out of office replies. BOOOOOOO! Bad show LD Peers!


  22. You guys rock =] don't be discouraged by lack of replies, it doesn't mean they're not being read xx

  23. patricia - lightacandle14 January 2012 at 16:50

    Hey I'm on a roll - got a great split screen system set up and sending them individually for better effect - will do all cross benchers up to M as someone else I think has done from M onwards - then will start tories after dinner - think I will change letter to make them feel just a little bit guilty - ha - that should do it.

  24. Hello. I'd like to help. Shall I just start from the end and work backwards? It seems from the comments that pretty much everything is covered now (apart from UVW???) so I'll just do as many as possible.

    I'm going to copy Patricia and send individual emails with some personal stuff thrown in for guilt/educational effect.

  25. Hi Phasmid, starting from the end seems like a good plan =] Be aware that not all peers have email addresses, so you'll have to persevere until you find the ones that do! Thanks for joining in =]

  26. patricia - lightacandle15 January 2012 at 14:36

    Hi Flo

    Off to start on the next bunch of tories - G onwards - worked out that a third of them don't have emails - thats bad isn't it and some of those are ex govt. ministers! I'm hoping to instil some humanity into their souls - tough task. I believe all the Lib Dems and Crossbenchers are done now just these last tories and the ones without e.mails to get out.

  27. patricia - lightacandle15 January 2012 at 15:02

    Just received this reply...from Baroness Grey Thomson

    Re: Welfare Reform Bill‏
    Dear Ms Hughes

    Thank you for your email. I will be speaking in the debate on Tuesday !!

    Kind regards


  28. patricia - lightacandle15 January 2012 at 18:04

    Another reply - on a Sunday too!

    Dear Ms Hughes,

    Thank you for your message. I am well aware of the issues you raise, and though I am not taking part in the debates myself, as I do not claim any expertise in this policy area, I try to follow the debates as best I can. I will bear your representations in mind.

    Patrick Jenkin
    The Rt Hon the Lord Jenkin of Roding

  29. patricia - lightacandle16 January 2012 at 11:43

    Another reply from a tory Lord....

    Dear Patricia

    Many thanks for your email. Unfortunately I was away last week and unable to vote on the amendments. I have noted your comments.

    Anthony Colwyn