Your voice counts this general election

25 April 2017

CAFOD MP Correspondent speaks on global poverty and climate change

CAFOD MP Correspondent Eleanor Margetts speaking in the Houses of Parliament

In the run-up to the general election 2017, CAFOD supporters are calling on their MPs to tackle overseas poverty and act on climate change. Thank you for making sure the voices of the world’s poorest communities are heard.

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Love for our global neighbours

Catholics from across the country spoke to their MPs at a parliamentary reception on Monday 24 April. This special event was open to MP Correspondents, who write and speak up to their MPs on issues of global poverty.

Eleanor Margetts, a young CAFOD volunteer from Brighton, shared her experience with an audience of campaigners, MPs and peers, saying: “It’s really important to remember that ordinary people do care. Everybody has a heart for something. It’s our responsibility to share our passions. In this globalised world, our neighbours are no longer just those who live near us. They are our brothers and sisters across this beautiful planet we share.”

During this election campaign, you too can encourage and challenge political candidates to stand up for the values of openness, tolerance and welcome.

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Our common future

Rt Hon John Bercow MP, the Speaker of the House of Commons, spoke passionately about the need to act in solidarity with our sisters and brothers worldwide.

“The greatest moral challenge of our times is to try to do something about the disfiguring scar of global poverty. The fact that 1,000 million people around the world exist on less than a dollar a day and very, very large numbers of people besides exist on only moderately more than that is, frankly, a source not only of anxiety but of real shame to us all."

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As the election campaign unfolds, your voice is critical.

Neil Thorns, CAFOD’s Director of Advocacy, said, “With the news dominated by Brexit, there’s a risk of other critical issues falling off the agenda. We’d like to thank CAFOD supporters who write and speak to MPs to ensure this doesn’t happen.

“Pope Francis himself warns that people living in poverty can often be an ‘afterthought’ in political discussions and that’s why it’s so important that we remind candidates of the need to remain an outward-looking nation – one that cares for the interests of people in the world’s poorest communities.”

Please ask your parliamentary candidates to remember the needs of the poorest communities.

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