Quakers seek to engage with politicians across Britain, at the local, national and international level. We can help Quakers to understand more about the UK government in Westminster, the Scottish Parliament, the Welsh Assembly, the European Parliament, and local councils.

Political bodies

    The UK Parliament (Westminster)

    Currently happening

    Ruth Cadbury MP (Labour, Brentford & Isleworth) is sponsoring a Private Member's Bill on Peace Tax. While the Bill is extremely unlikely to make any progress, please do contact Ruth to offer support and thanks for raising the issue.

    Many political issues have been temporarily laid to one side while Parliament considers legislation around leaving the European Union.

    Coming up soon

    Consultations and debate regarding the UK's human rights framework are expected within the next year. Some consultation has already taken place. The government's explanatory notes say that it will include measures to reform and modernise the UK human rights framework, which would "better protect against abuse of the system and misuse of human rights laws and would restore common sense to their application" and "be based on those set out in the European Convention on Human Rights, while also taking into account our common law tradition".

    Recent past activities

    Housing and Planning Act 2016: Download the Quaker briefing about the Housing and Planning Act (PDF) or read more about Quaker work on the Housing and Planning Act – Nov 2015 (PDF)

    Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016: Download the Quaker briefing about the Welfare Reform and Work Act (PDF) or read more about Quaker work on the Welfare Reform and Work Act – Nov 2015 (PDF)

    Immigration Act 2016: Download the Quaker briefing about the Immigration Act (PDF)

    Last year we attended the Conservative and Labour party political conferences.

    If you have a question about Westminster, email Jessica Metheringham at jessicam@quaker.org.uk.

    The Scottish Parliament

    Currently happening

    Militarisation in schools: Quakers in Scotland have been working with Forces Watch and have submitted a petition on armed forces visits to schools to the Scottish Parliament. Find out more about our work on militarisation.

    The Scottish government is consulting on the future of energy in Scotland. The deadline is 30 May 2017.

    Parliament is consulting on destitution and asylum seekers in Scotland. The deadline is 8 March 2017.

    Coming up soon

    We expect a Member's Bill from Claudia Beamish MSP (Labour) on prohibiting fracking. There was previously a consultation on this proposed fracking Bill.

    Recent past activities

    Last year we attended the Scottish National Party political conference.

    If you have a question about the Scottish Parliament, email Mairi Campbell-Jack at mairic@quaker.org.uk.

    The Welsh Assembly

    Currently happening

    The Welsh government is currently consulting on the National Development Framework, including on energy and the environment, the economy, communities, and equality.

    Find all current Welsh government consultations here.

    Coming up soon

    In its Programme for Government the Welsh government committed to legislation "to protect local facilities, to prevent unnecessary closures and to help communities take ownership of community assets".

    Recent past activities

    Wales Act 2017: A piece of legislation in Westminster, which has now passed. Read the full text of the Wales Act.

    If you have a question about the Welsh Assembly, email Jessica Metheringham at jessicam@quaker.org.uk. You could also visit Cytun (Churches Together in Wales).

    The European Parliament

    The next elections to the European Parliament will be in 2019.

    To find out more about what Quakers are doing at a European level, visit the Quaker Council for European Affairs (offsite link).

    Local councils

    Many local councils across England elected some or all of their councillors on 5 May 2016. Local councils in Scotland and Wales will elect councillors in May 2017.

    All local councils are different. In your area, you may be represented by more than one council. If you want to find out more, email Jessica Metheringham at jessicam@quaker.org.uk.

    Elections

    There is more information on elections on our special elections website; www.quakervote.org.uk.

    Contact us

    Let us know about political engagement.

    For Westminster, Wales, local councils and the EU:
    Jessica Metheringham
    Parliamentary Engagement Officer
    jessicam@quaker.org.uk
    020 7664 1107
    @PoliticalQuaker

    For Scotland:
    Mairi Campbell-Jack
    Scottish Parliamentary Engagement Officer
    mairic@quaker.org.uk
    07419 991 246
    @ScotPolQuaker