UK parliament

  • July 21, 2016

    Ruth Cadbury MP has tabled a 10-minute Rule Motion proposing an extension of the right of conscientious objection to military service through the taxation system.

  • July 13, 2016

    Quakers around Britain are lobbying their Members of Parliament ahead of a crucial vote on 18 July on whether to replace all four Trident submarines, which carry the UK's nuclear weapons system.

  • July 9, 2016

    Parliament’s Home Affairs Committee has condemned the Government for the secrecy surrounding the approval of overseas police training, saying the current policy to guard against the human rights risks of such training may not be “fit for purpose.”

  • July 8, 2016

    One hundred years after the British Government was the first in the world to legalise the right of conscientious objection to military service, a Bill to extend this right into the tax system is being introduced to Parliament by Ruth Cadbury MP, herself a descendent of WW1 conscientious objectors affected by the 1916 clause.

  • June 29, 2016

    MPs will today ( 29 June 2016) debate the UK’s role in the CIA’s rendition and torture programme, for the first time since British prosecutors announced that no charges would be brought over the kidnap and forcible transfer of two families to Gaddafi’s Libya in 2004.

  • June 29, 2016

    A new law to help curb multinational tax abuse across the world came close to winning House of Commons approval yesterday (28 June 2016), after 273 MPs from all the major parties voted in favour of the change.

  • March 10, 2016

    The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Eritrea was launched yesterday (9 March) following months of campaigning by  Eritrea Focus.

  • December 1, 2015

    Tomorrow Parliament will vote on military action in Syria. Quakers in Britain oppose this, consistent with their belief that killing is wrong.

  • July 17, 2015

    CND have condemned UK air strikes in Syria carried out despite the House of Commons voting in August 2013 against such action.

  • July 17, 2015

    British personnel have conducted air strikes in Syria, despite the Government’s claim that there would be a vote in Parliament before such action took place.