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) to carry out this work in the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood. In July 2023 we were delighted to welcome Sarah Komashko into post as our new Parliamentary Engagement Officer. Sarah produces an occasional email newsletter she sends to Friends who are interested in opportunities to engage with parliamentarians. Please email her on SarahK [at] if you are interested in receiving these short emails. 

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:

Advocacy briefings for each of these three topic areas, written by our former Parliamentary Engagement Officer to help us all when contacting our representatives, can be found by clicking on these links: Climate Justice; Economic Justice; and Peacebuilding. You can read a round-up of the work we did in 2023 here.

We also respond to opportunities which arise in the Scottish Parliament. Other areas which have received attention are

  • Land reform
  • Peace Education in Scottish schools
  • 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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Mark Bitel, Co-Clerk of Central Edinburgh Quaker Meeting, addresses Scottish Parliament. Mark is wearing a white shirt, green jacket and red glasses.
TfR: Mark Bitel (Central Edinburgh) speaks to Scottish Parliament about Integrity
Tuesday, 28 May 2024

On 28 May 2024 Mark Bitel, Co-Clerk at Central Edinburgh Quaker Meeting, opened the week's session of the Scottish Parliament with a Time for Reflecction on the theme of the importance of integrity

Picture of hills in Scotland with some trees and sheep
Quakers in Scotland respond to Call for Views on Land Reform
Tuesday, 21 May 2024

Building on our previous response to the Land Reform Consultation, a group of Scottish Friends with interest and expertise in land reform issues have collaborated on a response to the Call for View

Speakers at Health and Climate event in the Scottish Parliament
Health and Climate Event - Videos available
Tuesday, 14 May 2024

Following the Climate and Health event put on in the Scottish