UK: Tracking contacts with MPs to endorse The Manchester Declaration

We’re asking our MPs to meet us to talk about the importance of repair, as well as to read and endorse the Manchester Declaration. :wrench::earth_africa::scroll:

Our idea for this meeting is to

  1. Introduce our work locally - and the scope/scale, using stats from the Fixometer
  2. Thank our MP for a good record on environmental issues (found on TheyWorkforYou) - if relevant
  3. Discuss how the Right to Repair is key to reaching NetZero and green jobs
  4. Review the key pillars of Right to Repair, asking for future support for these:
  • access to quality spare parts
  • access to repair documentation
  • design for disassembly

Please don’t forget to cc policy@therestartproject.org in your follow up messages with MP staffers :slight_smile: and ask them to email their endorsement to policy@therestartproject.org

Here’s some background, and a sample of a letter to write to your MP, with simple instructions on how send the message.

We’re not yet collecting signatures for a petition — here’s why.

Status update

:fountain_pen: 46 signatory groups
:busts_in_silhouette: 17 allied groups
:email: 10 MPs contacted
:calendar: 7 MP appointments
:boom: 6 MPs endorsed (and counting…)

Tracking Table

Signatory Contacted MP? Appointment made? Endorsement?
Banbury Community Action Group - - -
Bath Share & Repair - - -
Repair Café Belfast - - -
Bewdley Repair Café - - -
Boothstown Repair Café - - -
Brighton Repair Café - - -
Cambridge Repair Café - - -
Transition Chesterfield Repair Cafe :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: -
Cirencester Repair Café - - -
Cottenham Repair Café - - -
Crystal Palace Fixers - - -
Crediton Repair Café - - -
Didcot Repair Cafe - - -
Durham Free Software Skill-Share - - -
Eyal Repair Café - - -
Farnham Repair Café - - -
SHARE: A Library of Things / Frome Repair Cafe - - -
Fulbourn Repair Café - - -
Repair Café Glasgow :white_check_mark: - -
Hackney Fixers :white_check_mark: - -
Hillingdon Friends of the Earth / Restarters West London - - -
Hinckley Fixers - - -
Horsham Repair Cafe - - -
Restarters Kensal to Kilburn :white_check_mark: - :white_check_mark:
Kidderminster Repair Cafe - - -
Repair Café Leamington Spa - - -
Repair Café Leeds - - -
Leicester Fixers - - -
Llandrindod Repair Café - - -
Malvern Hills Repair Cafe - - -
Stitched Up Co-operative – Manchester Repair Café - - -
Melton Space - - -
SHARE Oxford :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark:
The Pembrokeshire Remakery :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: -
Penrith Repair Cafe - - -
Repair Café Plymouth - - -
Repair Café Portsmouth :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark:
Reading Repair Cafe :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: -
Soham Repair Café - - -
Restart HQ (Brixton) :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark:
Restart HQ (Camden) :white_check_mark: - :white_check_mark:
Repair Café Wales - - -
Sustainable Wantage Repair Café - - -
Waterbeach Repair Café - - -
West Fleetwood Computer Clinic :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark:
Repair Cafe Winscombe - - -

Well done @Repair_Cafe_Glasgow @Portsmouth_Repair_Ca @Stuart_Ward @Anne_Carlos for leading the way!

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Has our MP replied to you directly about an appointment? As I haven’t heard anything back yet?

Clare

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Fixed! No, we don’t have a direct line with your MP sorry for the mistake :hammer_and_wrench:

If all the stars align we may have our local MP and RT TV together at our next Repair event. My hope is we can get him to endorse the Manchester Deceleration on the TV.

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So when we meet our MPs any tips on what we’re talking about…and how you want them to ‘endorse’ it?

Congrats on getting your meeting, Clare!

Our idea for this meeting is to

  1. Introduce our work locally - and the scope/scale, using stats from the Fixometer
  2. Thank our MP for a good record on environmental issues (found on TheyWorkforYou)
  3. Discuss how the Right to Repair is key to reaching NetZero and green jobs
  4. Review the key pillars of Right to Repair, asking for future support for these:
  • access to quality spare parts
  • access to repair documentation
  • design for disassembly

Feel free to remix or adapt as necessary!

An endorsement for the Manchester Declaration is an MP’s office literally sending an email to us at policy@therestartproject.org

Just to add to Janet’s points, a key area we would like address at policy level is that access to spare parts and repair information needs to exist for all products and to be guaranteed for everyone, not just professional repairers.

We’re specific about this, because of the initial mentions of repair in EU regulations are far less inclusive, and would for example not grant access to repair documentation to Repair Cafes and Restart Parties volunteers

stand with us for our Right to Repair, by making repair more accessible and affordable

@ugo Any plans to make this wording more explicit, as it could be interpreted that allowing only professional repairers access to this data is complying with this aspect of the MD?

Really good point. We’re not planning to change the text of the declaration, however we are thinking about additional resources that could address specific policy asks in the UK context, as hinted in the blog post I’ve linked above. So that once we have sufficient attention by MPs, we can articulate what a universal Right to repair looks like

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Happy to share the first Twitter endorsement! Now all we have to do is fix the kettle! :laughing:

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Tulip Siddiq, MP for Hampstead and Kilburn has endorsed it and written to the government to ask what steps they have taken to encourage industry to act :slight_smile:

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Can I input for Hackney Fixers?
I have received a encouraging reply from my MP

Fantastic, that’s great to hear Sophia! :tada:

Thanks Alison, more good news!
I’ve updated the table above :+1:

Also chiming in that Meg Hillier (Hackney South and Shoreditch) came to our Restart Party in parliament in 2016.

We’re already talking about another like event at the end of the year…

Hi,

Please see the reply from my MP, Meg Hillier, below.

Best Regards
Alison

Reply from Meg Hillier About the Restart Project 2019-07-29-edited.pdf (1,1 MB)

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Hi @Alison_Buckland,

Thanks - that’s great! In case you can follow up with your MP, you could also ask her to specifically endorse the Declaration with an email to policy@therestartproject.org (please ignore in case you’ve already suggested it!)

Reading the letter from Meg Hillier and recalling from my conversation with Helen Hayes, MPs are (rightly) confused about which ministry is leading on longer-lasting products @Alison_Buckland.

While traditionally Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has lead on energy efficiency in appliances, as Europe has expanded the question of “efficiency” to cover the whole of a product’s lifecycle, repair-related regulation has been given to Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Given past experience, it is probably still a good idea for us to maintain a link to BEIS in case the government decides to yet again move this issue or redesign the ministries. But at this point in time, we are in contact with Defra on the issue.

I will mention this in my next email to her

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Due to meet him on Thursday, and he’s now also Shadow Minister for Local Government (Communities)…fingers crossed.

Clare

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Great! Helen Hayes, who I talked to, sits on the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee and says they just put out a report on waste, mostly focusing on plastics and packaging. Not sure entirely how much we agree with, but could be an entry point. The general point that central government needs to coordinate and fund more ambitious action on resources is welcome.