Parliamentary Engagement


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]

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:

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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Party Manifesto Comparison
Tuesday, 4 May 2021

Our Parliamentary Engagement Officer, Andrew Tomlinson has compiled a document  for Quakers in Scotland.

Response to Scotland's 3rd Land Use strategy consultation
Saturday, 20 February 2021

The Scottish Government asked for views on the proposed 3rd Land Use Strategy.

Scottish Parliament Elections 2021
Monday, 15 February 2021

The Scottish Churches Parliamentary Office has produced a guide to holding a hustings or Question Time Event