Campaign guide: how to engage your election candidates

Between now and the 4th July, you’ll probably hear more knocks on the door than usual, or you might see your Prospective Parliamentary Candidates (PPCs) at a hustings event or street stall.

It can feel hard to get your voice heard on the issues you really care about. But despite all the noise, the General Election is a real opportunity to push for the world we want.

To help make the most of those short conversations, and remind all political parties how many of us care about an equal, green future for all, we’re sharing some information, questions and tips you could use below.

What Oxfam is calling for

Growing inequality is causing needless poverty and suffering in the UK and across the world. At current rates, it will take 230 years to end poverty, but we could have our first trillionaire in a decade.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. We urgently need to shift away from economies that are rooted in inequality and exploitation. There are enough resources in the world to address the challenges we face.

We call on whoever forms the next Government to commit to these four principles:

  1. Prioritise a more peaceful and safer world, including a permanent and immediate ceasefire in Gaza and a suspension of UK arms sales to Israel.
  2. Ensure fast and fair action for climate justice.
  3. Support a global economic system that prioritises people and planet and tackles spiralling inequality.
  4. Build a fairer and more caring UK economy that values paid and unpaid carers.

Questions you could ask

  • Do you support an immediate and permanent ceasefire in Palestine and Israel?
  • I would like to see all parties commit to stopping arms sales to Israel - will you do this?
  • If you are elected, will you commit to being a champion on tackling the climate crisis?
  • Will you commit to the UK paying its fair share to support lower-income countries who have done the least to cause the climate crisis?
  • Do you think that growing inequality and poverty - globally and in the UK - is an important issue?
  • Will you and your party prioritise action to address poverty and inequality - and what would you do?
  • If you are elected, what will you do to help the paid and unpaid carers in the UK, who play a key role in the UK economy but are not recognised as such?
  • Will you commit to strengthening the social security system and make pay and working conditions fair for carers?

Top tips

  • Pick the issue you care most deeply about and explain why it matters to you personally.
  • Be clear and concise. Just show that it matters to you and ask what their position is on it.
  • Always be friendly and polite.
  • Print this guide and keep it handy so you can refer to it if and when you get a knock on the door from political campaigners.
  • It really does make a difference to share what you hear from candidates in your area - please email us letting us know at campaignnetwork@oxfam.org.uk