Parliamentary Engagement

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The Parliamentary Engagement Working Group (PEWG) is a committee of General Meeting for Scotland which is the organisation of Quakers in Scotland. Together with our Parliamentary Engagement Officer (PEO) we work on behalf of Quakers in Britain to engage with the Scottish Government, the Scottish Parliament and a range of Scottish political and public audiences in order to bring about change.  

The work of the Parliamentary Engagement Working Group draws upon Quakers’ longstanding and deeply held belief that there is “that of God in everyone”. Our vision is of a peaceful and sustainable future built on just relationships between people and with the earth. The work is our testimony to living out our faith in the world and is rooted in our core values of Peace, Equality, Truth and Integrity, Simplicity and Sustainability. 

 Quakers in Britain employ an Edinburgh-based Parliamentary Engagement Officer (PEO), Andrew Tomlinson, to carry out this work in the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood. He can be contacted by email: andrewt [at] quaker.org.uk

All Area meetings in Scotland are represented on the  PEWG (see below for list of members).

The priorities for the work of the PEWG are discerned by General Meeting for Scotland and are:

Advocacy briefings for each of these three topic areas, written by our Parliamentary Engagement Officer to help us all when contacting our representatives, can be found in the Documents part of each topic page. You can read a round-up of the work we did in 2021 in a document on this PEWG page.

We also respond to opportunities which arise in the Scottish Parliament. Other areas which have received attention are

  • Human Rights
  • Prisoner Voting Rights
  • Children’s Rights
  • Tax
  • The Arms Trade
  • Israel/Palestine

Members of the Parliamentary Engagement Working Group are:

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News

National Planning Framework 4 - how it turned out!
Monday, 2 January 2023

The draft Fourth National Planning Framework was a lengthy and wide-ranging document setting the direction of travel for planning policy in Scotland in the context of the target of "net-zero" by 20

Scottish Quakers support letter to FM on Wellbeing Economy
Thursday, 1 December 2022

In November 2022 our GM Clerk was one of 112 signatories to a letter to the First Minister from from WEALL Scotland (

Advocacy opportunity: moving beyond Oil and Gas
Monday, 28 November 2022

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