Are you interested in finding out more about how to engage with politics? Would you like to speak out about a current political issue?

Quakers are engaged in politics on a national, local, and individual level. We do not always hold a discerned corporate position, and often individual Quakers disagree.

Resource

Contacting your MP

This briefing gives advice on how to engage with politics, and in particular how to contact your elected representatives. It provides suggestions for raising an issue with your local Member of Parliament.

Election guides

This early general elections guide (PDF) written in 2019 will help Quakers engage with politicians in the run-up to a possible general election in late 2019 or early 2020.

Template email inviting local parliamentary candidates to meet with their local Quaker meeting (Word)

Brexit

Quakers across Britain hold a range of different views. Britain Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends holds no discerned position on membership of the European Union.

Meeting for Sufferings, our representative body, has previously said: “We pray for those in positions of power. We call on them, as public servants, to work with all of good faith to build the world we seek. There can be no peace without justice; no love without trust; and no unity without equality. Our faith urges us to welcome the stranger as our equal and friend, feed those who are hungry and shelter those who are homeless, needy and frightened."

We have written about Brexit here:

Advice on specific political issues

Download one of our guides about politics below. If you need more information about Westminster, Wales or local government, please email Grace Da Costa, parliamentary engagement officer, at graced@quaker.org.uk. If you are interested in politics in Scotland, please email Mairi Campbell-Jack at mairic@quaker.org.uk.

Please also tell us if you write to your elected representatives or take political action locally. It's invaluable for us to build up a picture of political engagement across Britain.

A guide to local government

This guide is for individuals and groups who want to know more about how to engage with local government. It provides an overview of the structures of local government in Scotland, England and Wales, the Quaker concerns it works on, and ways of engaging with it. Local government: a guide for Quakers (PDF)

Contacting your MP

The contacting an MP briefing (PDF) gives advice on how to engage with politics, and in particular how to contact your elected representatives. It provides suggestions for raising an issue with your local Member of Parliament.

You can also use the template letter to write to local councillors, members of the Scottish Parliament or the Welsh Assembly (if you live in Scotland or Wales), or members of the European Parliament.

Advice on political meetings and election hustings

The elections and hustings briefing (PDF) is to help area and local meetings decide whether to hold a hustings during elections, and to provide information for those who do. It provides advice on who to invite and how to plan hustings.

Finding out more online

You may also be interested in one of these links to external political websites:

Related blog

Local government: why it matters

3 October 2019 by Mairi Campbell-Jack

Contact us

Grace Da Costa
Parliamentary Engagement Officer
Quakers in Britain
graced@quaker.org.uk
020 7664 1107

Mairi Campbell-Jack
Scottish Parliamentary Engagement Officer
Quakers in Britain
mairic@quaker.org.uk
07419 991246
@ScotPolQuaker