This blog has been produced by CAFOD in Parliament – a new blog series intended to keep you up to date on CAFOD’s work in Westminster.
On Monday 7th of November, CAFOD held a reception in Parliament for MPs, Peers and CAFOD supporters across the country to reaffirm their commitment to continue fighting for social justice in the developing world.
The evening was a great success – the Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, Ivan Lewis praised CAFOD as “a real source of inspiration and hope”. Tom Clarke MP (who chairs the CAFOD group in Parliament) opened with a heartfelt speech and welcome to all. This was followed by Baroness Stowell, the Government spokesperson for International Development in the House of Lords who gave us an insight into the coalition’s current policy priorities, most notably the commitment to enshrine into legislation, the promise to spend 0.7% of our annual income on international aid by 2013. Other speakers included Bishop John Arnold, the new Chair on the CAFOD Board of Trustees and Chris Bain, CAFOD’s Chief Executive.