We are not sure of all of the names of those on the group, but believe it includes the following:
Graham Stuart (Chair)
Sir Charles Walker
Lord Lucas (Deputy Chair)
David Drew (Treasurer)
Celia Barlow (?)
Tim Farron (Secretary)
Information on lobbying - collated from Lord Lucas's blog:
[The]Lords is reactive not proactive, by and large, so the time to lobby is when the bill has been published or, if it starts in the Commons, when it has had its third reading there. We have no staff, so early lobbying tends to get forgotten before the time arrives when we can affect things.
Once the bill has arrived in the Lords we ought to open up all its aspects for discussion, and arrive at a set of amendments (there's no limit to the number).
I suggest we use this blog to begin with, and then have a few tens of people to a half-day meeting if needed.
There are no rules [on which Lord to contact] as Lords have no territory.
My suggestion would be to get a group of you together - there are 760-odd Lords - with varied backgrounds, and then (using the book called Dods Parliamentary Companion which has brief biogs of us all) [or here] divi us up among you in whatever way seems to you to be the best match, and write us a personal letter along the lines of:
May I come and see you?
The XXX Bill threatens - whatever it does threaten
I am - HE, and enough of your background to make Lord think he might enjoy meeting you.
Reason why Lord might be interested to meet a real HE-er and talk about HE (e.g. given your background in ...)
Possible dates 2-3 weeks ahead
All on one side of A4
But of course there may be other ways that suit you better.
General points to remember are:
- wait until the Bill is on its way to the Lords, most of us have too much to do to want to deal with next month's problem now.
- make it personal and short. Most of us receive a large pile of mail every day, and have no secretarial support to speak of. Leave the tomes till they're asked for.
- don't be downhearted at refusals; you only need half a dozen of us to decide to spend time on HE. The moral support of all those who are attracted to your cause but have too much else on their plates will suffice.
- keep a good record of who said what to whom. If we need to rally support for an amendment, this will be a great help.