Quakers appoint Scottish Parliamentary Engagement Officer

By agency reporter
December 19, 2014

In the light of the significant and growing differences between the Scottish and UK (Westminster) parliaments, Quakers in Britain have appointed an Edinburgh Parliamentary Engagement Officer.

Mairi Campbell-Jack hopes to harness the energy generated by the referendum. “I’ve never seen such passion and enthusiasm in politics,” she commented. “Such a thirst for change will be a good start to this work.”

Mairi Campbell-Jack will work with the Scotland General Meeting Parliamentary Liaison Function Group and be part of the Advocacy & Public Relations team of Britain Yearly Meeting (BYM). Mairi will be Edinburgh based to be in close proximity to the Holyrood Parliament.

The new post is funded for three years and is paid for by a mixture of BYM legacy gifts and contributions from General Meeting for Scotland.

The new appointee will join Westminster Parliamentary Engagement Officer, Jessica Metheringham, whose focus is on the UK Parliament in London, to increase Quaker advocacy across Britain.

Quakers are known formally as the Religious Society of Friends. Around 23,000 people attend 478 Quaker meetings in Britain. Their "commitment to equality, justice, peace, simplicity and truth challenges them to seek positive social and legislative change."

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