The Taxes for Peace Bill – Where We Go Next

by Shaughan Dolan ~ April 12th, 2017. Filed under: News.

Due to the Bill not enjoying enough support in Parliament, it has sadly been withdrawn from the Parliamentary agenda. Rest assured Conscience will continue to fight for a Bill to be passed in Parliament at a later time. It took 350 years for conscientious objectors to win the right to reject war. We are not going to quit now.

We realise this setback might be disappointing, but this campaign has already had a substantial impact on Parliament. We have:

● Recruited several newly elected MPs into support our campaign including several new MPs, such as Ruth Cadbury MP, Liz Saville-Roberts MP and Michelle Thomson MP.

● Raised the issue in Parliament so that every MP understands why people need conscientious objection to military taxation.

● Secured national coverage for the campaign including coverage in the Guardian.

● Secured the endorsement of Oscar award winning actor Sir Mark Rylance.

● Raised the awareness of peacebuilding and why it matters.

But this is not the time to be disappointed. This is the time for action. We want to shout our support for a foreign policy that rejects violence and focuses on development and diplomacy as peaceful means of conflict resolution.

We want you to start local campaign groups so that Conscience can campaign in communities in every region and nation of the United Kingdom. The question is: are you ready to take our campaign to where you live?

Conscience will provide resources in the autumn of this year for people to start local community groups. We want you to be a part of that. If you would like to volunteer to start campaign in your area get in contact today at Campaign@ConscienceOnline.org.uk


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