Ecumenical delegation to attend party conferences

By agency reporter
September 16, 2018

The Liberal Democrat conference in Brighton (15-18 September 2018) is the first of the gatherings of the major political parties Quakers will be there, talking to MPs, peers and others as part of a joint delegation with the Baptist Union, the Methodist Church, the Salvation Army and the United Reformed Church.

With Brexit dominating the political agenda, and conflict rife within parties, Quakers in Britain say the delegation's  identity as a group brought together by faith makes them a distinctive presence at the conferences. The aim is to both provide ecumenical support to those in public life, and to take the opportunity to raise the issues on which Quakers are called to speak out. Among those issues will be the immigration system, where the delegation will be hoping to take the chance to gauge the political appetite for reform ahead of the bill expected around the turn of the year.

Quakers will also be present as part of the same delegation at the conferences of the Conservative and Labour parties, whilst Quakers in Scotland will attend the Scottish Nationalist Party early next month. At the top of the agenda for discussions with SNP members will be investigating the possibilities of Quakers in Scotland campaigning for economic justice, and work on peace education and militarism in schools.

*  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.

* Quakers in Britain http://www.quaker.org.uk/

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