How to ask your next MP for evidence

Every day in the run up to the election we’ll hear election candidates and political parties making claims about how they’ll change things for the better or how their policies have worked. But will these claims be based on reliable evidence and scientific rigour? We can make politicians accountable for the claims they make by asking them to show us what evidence they’ve used.

Show your next MP that you care about evidence by asking your local candidates for it. Here’s how to do it.

Who will be my next MP?

We can’t tell you which of your local election candidate are going to win!

To find your local election candidates try YourNextMP.com, a crowdsourced list sorted by constituency.

What claims are they making?

It is not going to be difficult to find out what election candidates are saying. In fact, they will be vying for our attention in the weeks coming up to the general election.

Local and national press and broadcasters will be covering the election in depth.

You might come across election posters and leaflets. To seek out election leaflets try www.electionleaflets.org a website which allows anyone to upload leaflets from local candidates and browse leaflets uploaded by others.

Political parties will publish election manifestos to set out what they plan to do if they form the next government.

How do I ask for evidence?

Go to www.askforevidence.org, click on ‘Ask for Evidence’ and fill in the simple form.

You’ll need to find an email address for the person you’re asking for evidence. You’ll find most candidates details at YourNextMP.com,

Asking for evidence through the website will create a public record of the fact you’ve asked. You can share the fact you’ve asked on Twitter and Facebook. You might find the quickest way to get a response from your local candidate is to Tweet at them directly.

Update your record once you’ve had a reply, or to show that you’ve had no reply at all.

Read our guide to asking for more suggestions on what sorts of questions you can ask. Please don’t forget to let us know how you get on.

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