Arundel & Brighton holds the record for the greatest number of MP meetings so far!

July 20, 2021

CAFOD are inviting Catholics to organise a virtual meeting with their local MP a 'Parliament in Your Parish', to discuss how to rebuild from the pandemic in a way that tackles the major global issues of our time, including climate change and unjust foreign debts.

People across our diocese have met with ten MPs so far, a further two meetings have been booked and four more are being planned. One school has also been involved and one MP refused to meet his constituents. Our Diocese holds the record for the greatest number of MP meetings in England & Wales, so far!

We hope to reach out to more MPs too if we can find people to organise the meetings.

Can you help?

We need people to run meetings in the following constituencies:

Hove: Peter Kyle

Brighton Kemptown: Lloyd Russel Moyle

Chichester: Gillian Keegan

Brighton Pavilion: Caroline Lucas

Eastbourne: Caroline Ansell

Surrey Heath: Michael Gove

Mole Valley: Sir Paul Beresford

Why meet MPs?

As Catholics, we are called to not stay silent and not to be passive. Our voices are needed more than ever this year, as the UK hosts a major global event – the COP26 UN Climate Talks in Glasgow in November. The UK can have significant influence at this meeting as host, so we need to make sure our political leaders hear, now, that we want the world’s poorest people to be at the heart of these talks.

Two issues have the greatest potential to make a difference. Firstly, as poor countries struggle with the devastating effects of the pandemic, we want the crippling debt repayments that they continually make to richer nations and private banks to be cancelled to help them cope. Read more here.

Secondly, we want decisions taken to keep global temperature rises below the disastrous 1.5-degree threshold. Many of the world’s poorest countries are struggling to cope with the effects of climate change such as increased droughts, floods and cyclones. We must urge the Prime Minister to make sure communities hardest hit by the climate emergency are listened to at COP26.

You may be interested in CAFOD’s response in the vote to cut Foreign Aid. Vote to cut foreign aid | CAFOD

CAFOD is inviting people to organise an online meeting with their MP in September or October to talk about these issues, perhaps as a small group from the parish. You do not need to be an expert in the issues or in technology! Read more about it here. And please sign our petition here.

Referring to the COVID crisis, Pope Francis says, “If only this immense sorrow may not prove useless but enable us to take a step forward towards a new style of life.”

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