Andrew Thomson, one of our MP correspondents from Skipton, attended the annual Parliamentary reception and shares his thoughts on why events like these are so important to achieving our vision.
This year, more than 100 CAFOD campaigners met with their MPs at the annual reception hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Friends of CAFOD. As MP Correspondents, these campaigners are in regular contact with their MPs petitioning them on issues that affect the poorest people of the world.
As well as providing opportunities for face-to-face meetings, this event gives Parliamentarians a collective view of CAFOD’s work and enables them to experience first hand the tremendous support, enthusiasm and dedication of its volunteers. One thing that comes as a surprise to many is to see the large number of young people who act as CAFOD MP correspondents.
Celebrity supporters of CAFOD who attended the reception at the House of Commons included TV and radio presenters Dermot O’Leary and Adrian Chiles, who had recently visited Latin America to see some of CAFOD’s work in action. He said that: “At CAFOD, we always keep in mind the millions of people around the world still fighting and dying for the rights that we are exercising here this evening. We should never take those rights for granted.”
Speakers during the evening included Ed Davey MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, and Caroline Flint MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change. Both paid tribute to CAFOD’s work to alleviate poverty promote social justice, and raise awareness of the effects of climate change.
It was opportune that this reception was held on the same day as the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) had published its most hard-hitting report yet on the vulnerability of so many parts of the world to the critical consequences of climate change.
These pose the single biggest threat to the development work that CAFOD has carried out over the years, and both Ed Davey and Caroline Flint expressed their strong support for CAFOD’s new campaign on climate change that is going to be launched in September.
Andrew Thomson, April 2014