In 2016 we marked the centenary of the Military Service Act by calling on the government to extend the definition of conscientious objection for the 21st Century.
This cause was taken up by Ruth Cadbury MP who with the support of her Parliamentary colleagues moved the Taxes for Peace Bill, legislation that if passed would enable all citizens who define as conscientious objectors to redirect the military portions of their taxes to non-violent means of ensuring our national security.
We were delighted that it passed its first reading in the House of Commons – a fantastic achievement for the Conscience campaign. Unfortunately, although the Bill was scheduled for debate on the 2nd of December, Parliament ran out of time for the Bill to be debated. This in most cases, usually means the Bill will never be debated.
The Bill has been rescheduled for the 24th of March 2017. This by no means ensures it will be given Parliamentary time BUT if we can contact enough MPs and persuade them this Bill is of significant importance to their constituents we can press Parliament into giving the Bill the debate it deserves.
The Taxes for Peace Bill is the next step forward in the future of fully recognising the human rights of conscientious objectors. We have one question for you: will you be part of this change?
PS – Don’t forget to send us copies of your communications with MPs – it helps us better co-ordinate campaigning! Don’t forget to sign the e-petition to force the government to respond!
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