Quakers have a long history of advocating peace and a high standard of truth and equality. Quakers in Britain employ an Edinburgh-based Scottish Parliamentary Engagement Officer, Mairi Campbell-Jack, to carry on with this work in the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood.
Mairi's priorities, agreed between the Parliamentary Liaison Function Group and Britain Yearly Meeting (BYM) are:
- Militarisation, with particular emphasis on militarisation in schools
- The 2016 Scottish Parliamentary Election
- Economic justice, sustainability and peace
Mairi hopes to harness the energy generated by the referendum: “I’ve never seen such passion and enthusiasm in politics. Such a thirst for change will be a good start to this work.”
Based in Edinburgh close to Holyrood, Mairi works with the General Meeting for Scotland Parliamentary Liaison Function Group and is part of the Advocacy & Public Relations team of BYM. The post is funded for three years from 2015 and is paid for by a mixture of BYM legacy gifts and contributions from General Meeting for Scotland.
Mairi works with Parliamentary Engagement Officer, Jessica Metheringham (who works with the UK Parliament in Westminster and on wider political activities) to increase Quaker advocacy across Britain.