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How to present a paper petition informally

These steps are to present a petition informally. You can also present a petition formally in the Chamber, which gives you a chance to speak about it briefly.

These steps are for you as an MP rather than your staff, although your staff can carry out step 2 on your behalf.

  1. You can present a petition informally at any time while the House is meeting. There’s no need to give notice, or declare relevant interests.
  2. Make sure the petition follows the rules for petitions and is worded correctly. You should ask advice from the Journal Office if you’re in any doubt (email publicpetitions@parliament.uk or phone 3310).
  3. Sign the top sheet of the petition. The top sheet should also include the full text of the petition and the names, addresses and handwritten signatures of at least two petitioners (unless there is only one petitioner, in which case one signature and address is fine).
  4. Provide your contact details so that the Journal Office can get in touch if they have any questions.
  5. If you want to present the petition anonymously, please write this on the petition. Otherwise, the Journal Office will assume you want your name to be printed with the petition.
  6. Put the petition in the green bag behind the Speaker’s Chair.

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