MPs unite to support church engagement project

Nineteen MPs from across the political divide showed their support for the ‘Meet Your MP’ project at a special event in Westminster last week.

Between Brexit debates and meaningful votes, a team from the Church of Scotland hosted an event in the Westminster precinct sponsored by Edinburgh South West MP Joanna Cherry to highlight the project that starts relationships between congregations and their MPs.

Ms Cherry congratulated the project on being so popular and for the benefits that it brought. She lodged an Early Day Motion which stated that the Parliament supported the initiative and commended “the project for continuing to pursue meaningful relationships and break down barriers between local politicians and the faith community.”

The statement added:

“[The Parliament] understands that this is the beginning of a process which will lead to stronger local communities in the future.”

David Linden, MP for Glasgow East, attended the event adding:

“So often it is the Church which is at the heart of community organising, whether that’s running the food bank, facilitating youth clubs or organising community gala days.

“As someone who is both a Member of Parliament and a Church member, I know that the Church has more to say and do, over the bread and butter issues of community organising. That’s why it’s vital that churches engage with politicians at every level – Meet Your MP is a great way of doing that!”

The Meet Your MP project aims to build links between congregations and their 59 MPs across Scotland.

Irene MacKinnon of SCPO said:

“We want church communities to be at the heart of the decisions that affect their everyday lives – and what better way to get involved than for churches to get to know their representatives and decision makers in Westminster.

“You could organise a public meeting, invite your MP to a project or event at your church, of you could take them on a walk of your local area to highlight issues that need addressed. The possibilities are endless but contact is crucial.”

To find out more about the Meet Your MP project please click here

Chloe Clemmons of SCPO and Carol Monaghan, MP for Glasgow North West