Recent public letters, statements and government submissions on issues of concern to Quakers.

We regularly speak out on behalf of Quakers in Britain. Many of these statements are made by Meeting for Sufferings, the national Quaker representative body.

This section contains only the most recent letters, statements and submissions. A wider range of briefings and statements can be found in our interfaith, peace and social justice resources. If there is a particular document you are interested in which does not appear on this page, please email politics@quaker.org.uk.

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    Public statements

    Joint churches denounce suspension of the Dubs policy - February 2017. A statement made with the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Church of Scotland, the Methodist Church, and the United Reformed Church.

    Call for a ban on fracking - February 2017. A statement from Meeting for Sufferings calling for a ban on fracking.

    Quakers stand alongside victims of racist policies - February 2017. A statement from Meeting for Sufferings expressing solidarity.

    Joint Churches news release about replacing Trident - July 2016 (PDF). A statement made with the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Church of Scotland, the Methodist Church, and the United Reformed Church.

    This is not a full list of public statements. A wider range of statements can be found in our interfaith, peace and social justice resources.

    Public letters

    Letter from the Recording Clerk to Jeremy Hunt MP on his appointment as Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs - August 2018 (PDF). The Recording Clerk, Paul Parker, wrote to Jeremy Hunt to set out Quaker concerns on foreign affairs.

    Joint open letter to the Home Secretary, Sajid Javid MP. Twenty Church leaders call for an end to the 'hostile environment' - August 2018 (PDF). The Recording Clerk signed a joint letter coordinated by the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Church of Scotland, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church.

    Joint letter to the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Civil society groups call for action to tackle threats to democracy - July 2018 (PDF). The Recording Clerk signed a joint letter coordinated by Bond to mark National Democracy Week.

    Joint letter to the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: creating an enabling environment for civil society in the UK - July 2018 (PDF). The Recording Clerk signed a joint letter coordinated by Bond on the appointment of Jeremy Wright MP as Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

    Joint letter in the Sunday Telegraph about the Equality Act - December 2016 (offsite link). The Recording Clerk signed a joint letter coordinated by the Equality Trust.

    Joint letter to the Prime Minister about the Human Rights Act - December 2016. The Recording Clerk signed a joint letter coordinated by the British Institute of Human Rights.

    Interfaith climate statement sent to Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations Secretary General - November 2016. Signed by Quakers in Britain, Friends World Committee for Consultation and Quaker United Nations Office.

    From time to time we also write private letters to Ministers or other officials. We find these useful as we try to build relationships and quietly change opinions.

    Political submissions

    Briefing to MSPs for Scottish Parliament debate on UN International Day of Peace - September 2018 (PDF)

    Submission to the House of Lords select committee on intergenerational fairness and provision - September 2018 (Word)

    Submission to the UN special rapporteur on poverty and human rights - September 2018 (Word)

    Joint submission to the inquiry of the Joint Committee on Human Rights into immigration detention - September 2018 (Word) A joint submission from Quakers in Britain and the Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network.

    Submission from Quaker Committee for Church and Interfaith Relations (QCCIR) to the consultation on the Integrated Communities Strategy Green Paper - June 2018 (PDF).

    Joint submission to the Scottish Parliament on Asylum and Destitution - March 2017 (PDF). A joint submission from Quakers in Britain, General Meeting for Scotland, and the Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network.

    Petition on militarisation in schools - March 2016 (offsite link). A joint petition submitted by Quakers and Forces Watch.

    This is not a full list of political work. Find out more about our current parliamentary work or contact us at politics@quaker.org.uk.

    Current joint campaigns

    End Hunger (offsite link). We are part of the End Hunger campaign which works to ensure that everyone has access to good food.