Tea Time for Change

June 23, 2011 11:49 AM

Earlier this month, Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake took part in one of the largest ever lobbies of Parliament, when more than 1,000 campaigners from across England and Wales descended on Westminster to argue the case for action on global poverty.

Tom met with a number of constituents at the event, including David Murray who represented CAFOD (the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development). The two sat down for a cup of tea and a discussion about CAFOD campaign priorities.

They discussed how to stop multinational companies dodging tax both in the UK and abroad and how to get those companies to be more transparent about their dealings in developing countries. They also discussed proposals for a 'Robin Hood' tax on financial transactions by major City firms to raise more money for international development.

Mr Murray said: "Decisions taken in Parliament directly impact the poorest communities in the world, and that is why as a CAFOD supporter I wanted to come and speak to my MP. It's good that Tom has agreed to sit down and discuss the issues affecting these communities. I hope that our meeting will influence him when these issues are next debated in Parliament, and that my experience will encourage other constituents to get in touch with Tom."

Tom added: "I want to thank David for coming to see me and CAFOD for organising this wonderful event. The way in which we can help the world's poor is one of the most important issues facing us today, and with this in mind the Government must remain committed to spending 0.7% of gross national income on international aid by 2013."

CAFOD organised the 'Tea Time for Change' event along with fellow development charities ActionAid, Bond, Christian Aid, Oxfam, Save the Children and Tearfund. For more information about the event, visit www.cafod.org.uk/teatimeforchange.

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