Our work - Parliamentary engagement


Quakers on a march against Trident
Quakers on a march against Trident

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
  • Trident
  • 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.


Petition questions military visits in Scottish schools
Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Quakers in Scotland and ForcesWatch are presenting a petition

Scottish Local Authorities and their investment in the arms trade
Thursday, 7 July 2016

Common Weal South Lanarkshire sent a series of freedom of information requests to local authroities in Scotland to assess the extent of their investment in the arms trade.

Peace pins produced by International Voluntary Service, available from Edinburgh Quaker Meeting House
Quakers in Scotland welcome Parliament Debate on UN International Day of Peace
Sunday, 16 September 2018

Quakers in Scotland welcome the Members Business Debate on the UN International Day of Peace 2018, taking place on Tuesday 18 th September.