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) to carry out this work in the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood. In July 2023 we were delighted to welcome Sarah Komashko into post as our new Parliamentary Engagement Officer. Sarah produces an occasional email newsletter she sends to Friends who are interested in opportunities to engage with parliamentarians. Please email her on SarahK [at] quaker.org.uk if you are interested in receiving these short emails. 

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 former Parliamentary Engagement Officer to help us all when contacting our representatives, can be found by clicking on these links: Climate Justice; Economic Justice; and Peacebuilding. You can read a round-up of the work we did in 2023 here.

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

  • Land reform
  • Peace Education in Scottish schools
  • 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

Picture of a room inside the Scottish Parliament with attendees facing a panel of speakers including Christine Grahame MSP and Maree Todd MSP
Health and Climate Event in the Scottish Parliament
Thursday, 14 March 2024

The climate crisis is a health crisis – and climate solutions are health solutions too!

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PEWG submits response to Heat in Buildings Bill Consultation
Thursday, 14 March 2024

Transforming domestic heating in Scotland

Picture of Quaker Martin Mansell giving the Time for Reflection. He has grey hair, a beard, and glasses and is wearing a grey suit. He is in front of the lectern in the Debating Chamber of parliament.
Quaker Time for Reflection: What is Peace? 28 November 2023
Thursday, 8 February 2024

Friend Martin Mansell (Glasgow) opened the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday 28 November 2023 with a timely reflection on 'What is peace?'.