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Dominic Raab: Results & Next Steps

August 16th, 2010 by

Last week we launched a 38 Degrees poll in the constituency of Esher & Walton after the local MP, Dominic Raab, demanded we stop constituents contacting him via the 38 Degrees “find and contact your MP” tool.

Here are the results:
Should we stand up for your right to e-mail your MP?
YES – Stand Up To Raab – 99% (85 votes)
NO – Give in to Raab’s threats – 1% (1 vote)

Because local members voted that we should stand up to Raab, we will. We will stand up for the principle that constituents should be able to contact their MPs and keep Mr  Raab on our “find and e-mail your MP” tool.

Over the last week lots of 38 Degrees members have got in touch asking what more we can do.

One member got in touch suggesting that anyone who can goes to one of Mr Raab’s 6 “roadshow” meetings in Esher & Walton this summer and tell him why it’s so important you can contact him by e-mail. Here’s where the roadshows are being held:

  • Tuesday 17 August – Walton Day Centre, Manor Road, Walton, KT12 2P
  • Thursday 19 August – Cobham Village Hall, Lushington Drive, Cobham KT11 2LU.
  • Monday 23 August – Holy Trinity Church Hall, Church Road, Claygate KT10 0PJ.
  • Tuesday 24 August – Vera Fletcher Hall, 4 Ember Court Road, Thames Ditton, KT7 0LQ.
  • Wednesday 25 August – King George’s Hall, High Street (nr Civic Center), Esher KT10 9RA.
  • Thursday 26 August – St Peters Church Hall, 518 Walton Road, West Molesey KT8 2QF.

If you are planning to go to one of the meetings please let everyone know in the comments below – so other 38 Degrees members can meet you there.

Another member suggested writing to the local papers and speaking up for your right to contact Mr Raab. The Surrey Herald wrote about Mr Raab’s actions. If  you’d like to send the Surrey Herald a “letter to the editor” you can e-mail them at: surreynewspapers@trinitysouth.co.uk

What do you think we should do now? Will you be able to go to one of Mr Raab’s roadshow meetings? Let us know in the comments below:

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  • Tom Hill

    I hope to attend the meeting on Thurs 26th Aug at St Peter's West Molesey -is anyone else planning to go then? I tried to contact Raab by email some time ago independently of 38Degrees to ask him to raise the question of Israeli aggression against the Gaza flotilla but was unable to do so because he was blocking emails. I ended up emailing Cameron instead but never received a response from him. They work for us? That's obviously not their perception of things.

    Cheers

    Tom

  • http://refusingthedefault.blogspot.com/ cim

    I'm not sure, given the question and options there, why you actually bothered doing the poll.

    I mean, I agree that constituents should be able to contact their MPs by whatever means they find most convenient personally, and I'd still have been extremely tempted to say “no” just because the question was so obviously biased one way.

    You could have asked a neutrally-worded question, got basically the same proportions responding each way, and looked like you were making a honest attempt to get public opinion.

  • Rowan Davies

    I'm going to go to the meeting in Manor Rd tonight. Looking forward to hearing what Mr Raab has to say!

  • Tim

    I went tonight (17th August) and asked if he thought, with the benefit of hindsight he'd made an error of judgement in the way he handled the issue. He said not at all.
    After a bit of a rant against mailbombing (not the point of my question – I'm inclined to agree with that) he then stated:
    (a) The email address 38 Degrees gave out was his private address (and we can argue all we like about what it means by “private”) and
    (b) 38 Degrees [b]lied [/b]when they quoted him as saying he did not want his constituents to email him – it was becomming a nuisance.
    Also he was talking about receiving 200-300 emails fro the site, not the 2 a day that 38 degrees claim.
    How do I know who to believe?

  • Lady Stum

    I'm hoping to attend one of the meetings and will raise the issue with him.

  • Paul

    I'm not impressed with the way you worded the question. Its loaded with so much bias you could write for Glenn Beck.
    While its great you act as the members wish you to, the loaded questions will probably cause more trouble than it could solve, neutrally worded questions have more credibility too.

    Aside from that point, keep up the good work!

  • johnnychatterton

    Super! Do let us know how it goes!

  • johnnychatterton

    Hi Tim, thanks for the feedback, that's really interesting.

    Mr Raab is wrong on a number of points,
    a) 38 Degrees has never given out his e-mail address to anyone. Before the election he did provide an e-mail address that people could contact him at because he was running to get elected and we did use that to allow his constituents to contact him, however we never gave that address out publicly. When he asked us to change that over to his Parliament e-mail address we did that as soon as we could
    b) we didn't lie, we've been as transparent about this as we could be by publishing the full e-mail thread so everyone could make their own minds up.

    Finally I don't know where he got those numbers from about how many e-mails he received. Maybe he's confusing us with another group? I've checked and he received on average less than 2 e-mails a day from his constituents who used the 38 Degrees “find and contact your MP” system since the election.

  • johnnychatterton

    Super! How did it go?

  • johnnychatterton

    Hi Cim, thanks for this. I've passed it on to the team so we can all take that feedback on board. How would you have worded the question differently?

  • johnnychatterton

    Thanks for the honest feedback Paul, much appreciated. If you have a chance could you share how you would have worded the question differently?

    Thanks!

  • http://refusingthedefault.blogspot.com/ cim

    Something simple like “Should we continue to provide an 'email your MP' service for constituents in Esher and Walton?(Yes/No)” Provide a link to your web pages on the issue and to Raab's pages for the arguments either way.

  • http://refusingthedefault.blogspot.com/ cim

    Well, the numbers don't necessarily conflict that much – it's been just over 100 days since the election, so 2 emails a day would be 200 total.

  • http://www.twitter.com/j_chatterton Johnny Chatterton

    Hi there, the problem is he’s being misleading about the numbers. I calculated that number of e-mails last week. He started complaining about the volume of emails nearly many weeks ago. The fact remains though that the e-mails are not spam, they’re not clones and they’re all from people who identify themselves as his constituents raising issues they’re concerned about. It’s an MPs job to reply to their constituents.

  • johnnychatterton

    Super! Do let us know how it goes!

  • johnnychatterton

    Hi Tim, thanks for the feedback, that's really interesting.

    Mr Raab is wrong on a number of points,
    a) 38 Degrees has never given out his e-mail address to anyone. Before the election he did provide an e-mail address that people could contact him at because he was running to get elected and we did use that to allow his constituents to contact him, however we never gave that address out publicly. When he asked us to change that over to his Parliament e-mail address we did that as soon as we could
    b) we didn't lie, we've been as transparent about this as we could be by publishing the full e-mail thread so everyone could make their own minds up.

    Finally I don't know where he got those numbers from about how many e-mails he received. Maybe he's confusing us with another group? I've checked and he received on average less than 2 e-mails a day from his constituents who used the 38 Degrees “find and contact your MP” system since the election.

  • johnnychatterton

    Super! How did it go?

  • johnnychatterton

    Hi Cim, thanks for this. I've passed it on to the team so we can all take that feedback on board. How would you have worded the question differently?

  • johnnychatterton

    Thanks for the honest feedback Paul, much appreciated. If you have a chance could you share how you would have worded the question differently?

    Thanks!

  • http://refusingthedefault.blogspot.com/ cim

    Something simple like “Should we continue to provide an 'email your MP' service for constituents in Esher and Walton?(Yes/No)” Provide a link to your web pages on the issue and to Raab's pages for the arguments either way.

  • http://refusingthedefault.blogspot.com/ cim

    Well, the numbers don't necessarily conflict that much – it's been just over 100 days since the election, so 2 emails a day would be 200 total.