Our work - Parliamentary engagement


Quakers on a march against Trident
Quakers on a march against Trident

Quakers have a long history of advocating peace and a high standard of truth and equality. Quakers in Britain employ an Edinburgh-based Scottish Parliamentary Engagement Officer, Mairi Campbell-Jack, to carry on with this work in the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood.
Mairi's priorities, agreed between the Parliamentary Liaison Function Group and Britain Yearly Meeting (BYM) are:

  • Militarisation, with particular emphasis on militarisation in schools
  • Trident
  • The 2016 Scottish Parliamentary Election
  • Economic justice, sustainability and peace

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

Based in Edinburgh close to Holyrood, Mairi works with the General Meeting for Scotland Parliamentary Liaison Function Group and is part of the Advocacy & Public Relations team of BYM. The post is funded for three years from 2015 and is paid for by a mixture of BYM legacy gifts and contributions from General Meeting for Scotland.

Mairi works with Parliamentary Engagement Officer, Jessica Metheringham (who works with the UK Parliament in Westminster and on wider political activities) to increase Quaker advocacy across Britain.


Villagers scour rubble for belongings scattered during the bombing of Hajar Aukaish - Yemen - in April 2015
Quakers challenge using public money to support arms manufacturers
Thursday, 6 June 2019

Quakers challenge the practice of using public money to support arms manufacturers, even if that money is targeted at secondary areas such as training and development.

Parachutes and rainsticks: young children learn listening skills through play. Photo credit:Jane Hobson
Quakers welcome Equal Protection from Assault bill
Thursday, 14 March 2019

Quakers in Scotland are welcoming a change in the law to move Scotland to become a more non-violent nation.

Banner saying "Immigrant rights are human rights"
Quakers welcome ambition for human rights in Scotland
Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Quakers in Scotland have produced this briefing for the Scottish Government debate on Human Rights on Thursday 13 December 2018