The voice for global solutions in parliament
 

These MPs and MEPs support Simpol

Citizens: Thanks to your support, the MPs and MEPs in the following constituencies have signed the Simpol Pledge. If your constituency isn't in the list below, your MP/MEP needs to hear from you! Sign the Simpol Petition to encourage them to sign on. 

MPs, MEPs or party candidates: If you would like to support Simpol, you can see and sign the Pledge here.  Questions? Please see our Opens internal link in current windowFAQs for MPs and parliamentary candidates.

England

Bath

Wera Hobhouse MP (Liberal Democrats)

Pledged: 3rd May 2015

Comment: "As a committed internationalist I recognise the benefits of working across borders to solve global problems."

Birmingham Hall Green

Roger Godsiff MP (Labour)

Pledged: 11th October 2007

Bolton South East

Yasmin Qureshi MP (Labour Party)

Pledged: 8th June 2017

 

Brighton Pavilion

Caroline Lucas MP (Green Party)

Pledged: 8th June 2004

Bury South

Ivan Lewis MP (Labour)

Pledged: 7th June 2017

Cambridge

Daniel Zeichner MP (Labour)

Pledged: 17th October 2007

Comment: "The world is changing rapidly and progressive politics must not be limited by out-dated national boundaries. ... I want to work with like-minded people to challenge inequality, prejudice and ignorance wherever it occurs. We are all in this together, and must work together to meet the challenges ahead."

Carshalton & Wallington

Tom Brake MP (Liberal Democrat)

Pledged: 23rd March 2007

Coventry North West

Geoffrey Robinson MP (Labour)

Pledged: 31st May 2017

Crawley

Henry Smith MP (Conservative)

Pledged: 19th April 2010

Dagenham & Rainham

Jon Cruddas MP (Labour)

Pledged: 5th June 2017


Darlington

Jenny Chapman MP (Labour)

Pledged: 3rd June 2017

Derby North

Chris Williamson MP (Labour)

Pledged: 8th April 2015

Dudley South

Mike Wood MP (Conservative)

Pledged: 1st May 2015

Easington

Grahame Morris MP (Labour)

Pledged: 13th April 2010

Comment: "The global financial crisis has shown how weak international cooperation has been in reaching agreement on fundamental regulations and policies across all borders. I support any efforts to bring greater cooperation between nations."

Eastbourne

Stephen Lloyd MP (Liberal Democrat)

Pledged: 25th April 2010

Comment: "Where the people come together for good, we can change the world!"

Edmonton

Kate Osamor MP (Labour)

Pledged: 5th June 2017

Hampstead & Kilburn

Tulip Siddiq MP (Labour)

Pledged: 29th May 2017

Hayes & Harlington

John McDonnell MP (Labour)

Pledged: 31st January 2005

Comment: "A simple initiative which deserves a chance to work".

Heywood & Middleton

Liz McInnes MP (Labour)

Pledged: 3rd May 2015

Ipswich

Sandy Martin MP (Labour)

Pledged: 8th May 2017

Comment: "Global problems - especially Climate Change - are too great to be left to individual nations or political parties - all progressive politicians need to pledge to work together to resolve these existential threats to our planet."

Kettering

Philip Hollobone MP (Conservative)

Pledged: 7th December 2006

Comment: "If the world can act together to tackle global issues then the greater the chance of success."

Knowsley

George Howarth MP (Labour)

Pledged: 18th May 2017

Leeds North East

Fabian Hamilton MP (Labour)

Pledged: 10th May 2017

Leeds North West

Alex Sobel MP (Labour)

Pledged: 10th March 2015

Comment: "The world is changing and our solutions must not be limited by national boundaries. I want to work with all those who want to challenge inequality, prejudice and support social justice wherever it occurs."

Newcastle North

Catherine McKinnell MP (Labour)

Pledged: 26th April 2010

Comment: "So many of today's challenges need an international effort to combat them, so I am delighted to make my pledge to support Simpol."

Oxford West & Abingdon


Layla Moran MP (Liberal Democrats)

Pledged: 28th April 2015

Portsmouth South

Stephen Morgan MP (Labour)

Pledged: 8th May 2017

Salford & Eccles

Rebecca Long Bailey MP (Labour)

Pledged: 5th June 2017

South Shields

Emma Lewell-Buck MP (Labour)

Pledged: 6th June 2017

Stafford

Jeremy Lefroy MP (Conservative)

Pledged: 8th June 2017

Stockton South

Paul Williams MP (Labour)

Pledged: 6th June 2017

Stroud

David Drew MP (Labour)

Pledged: 15th April 2010

 

Twickenham

Vince Cable MP (Liberal Democrats)

Pledged: 28th May 2017

Tyneside North

Mary Glindon MP (Labour)

Pledged: 29th April 2015

 

Warrington South

Faisal Rashid MP (Labour)

Pledged: 29th May 2017

Weston-super-Mare

John Penrose MP (Conservative)

Pledged: 2nd May 2005

Comment: "The Simultaneous Policy creates the possibility of multilateral action towards a better world. I'm supporting it on the basis that its aims are good and the policies are still being developed. Once completed, I hope Simpol's policies will give citizens more control over their governments, rather than some of the initial drafts which seem the other way around."

Worsley & Eccles South

Barbara Keeley MP (Labour)

Pledged: 8th March 2015

Comment: "There are so many complex issues facing Governments today, from climate change to the global financial crisis. It is clear that we need international efforts to deal with them. For this reason, I am delighted to pledge to support Simpol."

 

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Scotland

Aberdeen North

Kirsty Blackman MP (S.N.P.)

Pledged: 6th May 2015

Airdree & Shotts


Neil Gray MP (S.N.P.)

Pledged: 1st June 2017

Ayrshire Central

Philippa Whitford MP (S.N.P.)

Pledged: 2nd May 2015

Cumbernauld, Kilsyth & Kirkintilloch East

Stuart McDonald MP (S.N.P.)

Pledged: 1st June 2017

Edinburgh East

Tommy Sheppard MP (S.N.P.)

Pledged: 1st May 2015

Edinburgh South

Ian Murray MP (Labour)

Pledged: 28th April 2014

Edinburgh South West

Joanna Cherry MP (S.N.P.)

Pledged: 5th June 2017

Falkirk

John McNally MP (S.N.P.)

Pledged: 4th May 2015

 

Fife North East

Stephen Gethins MP (S.N.P.)

Pledged: 3rd May 2015

Glenrothes

Peter Grant MP (S.N.P.)

Pledged: 6th May 2015

 

Glasgow East

David Linden MP (S.N.P.)

Pledged: 2nd June 2017

 

Glasgow North East

Paul Sweeney MP (Scottish Labour)

Pledged: 6th June 2017

Glasgow South West

Chris Stephens MP (S.N.P.)

Pledged: 2nd June 2017

Kilmarnock & Loudoun

Alan Brown MP (S.N.P.)

Pledged: 2nd June 2017

Lanark & Hamilton East


Angela Crawley MP (S.N.P.)

Pledged: 2nd June 2017

Linlithgow & E. Falkirk


Martyn Day MP (S.N.P.)

Pledged: 27th April 2017

Lothian East

Martin Whitfield MP (Scottish Labour)

Pledged: 4th June 2017

Motherwell & Wishaw

Marion Fellows MP (S.N.P.)

Pledged: 1st June 2017

Ochil & South Perthshire

Luke Graham MP (Conservative & Unionist)

Pledged: 5th May 2015

 

Paisley & Renfrewshire North

Gavin Newlands MP (S.N.P.)

Pledged: 1st June 2017

Perth & North Perthshire

Pete Wishart MP (S.N.P.)

Pledged: 29th May 2017

Wales & N. Ireland

Arfon

Hywel Williams MP (Plaid Cymru)

Pledged: 24th April 2015

 

Belfast West

Paul Maskey MP (Sinn Fein)

Pledged: 26th May 2017

Carmarthen East & Dinefwr

Jonathan Edwards MP (Plaid Cymru)

Pledged: 18th August 2015

 

Dwyfor Meirionnydd

Liz Saville Roberts MP (Plaid Cymru)

Pledged: 3rd May 2015

 

Gower

Tonia Antoniazzi MP (Labour)

Pledged: 10th July 2017

Newport West

Paul Flynn MP (Labour)

Pledged: 25th February 2015

Vale of Clwyd

Chris Ruane MP (Labour)

Pledged: 19th May 2017

Comment: "I have been working with politicians in Parliaments across the world advocating Mindfulness."

 

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UK MEPs who have signed the Pledge

London

Claude Moraes MEP (Labour)

Pledged: 21st February 2005

Scotland

Alyn Smith MEP (SNP). Pledged 3rd May 2014.

 

 

Catherine Stihler MEP (Labour). Pledged: 1st May 2014.

 

David Martin MEP (Labour). Pledged: 16th May 2014.

South East

Keith Taylor MEP (Green Party)

Pledged: 27th May 2009

FAQs for MPs and parliamentary candidates

Why is Simpol necessary?

Simpol offers an alternative, yet complementary, approach to solving global problems. Current efforts by the United Nations are revealing themselves to be inadequate and prone to failure. That's why Simpol is fast gathering increasing interest and support.

In today's globalised economy where capital moves instantly across national borders and nations must compete to attract inward investment and jobs, the feasible parameters of government policy have become very restricted. In practice, only market- and business-friendly policies are now permissible, so marginalising the interests of society and the environment. But this is a vicious circle that no nation can win, and all must ultimately lose.

Simpol is unique in offering a transnational political process that allows everyone - citizens, MPs, political parties and governments - to participate in. Citizens in particular are signing on to the campaign, so making it in the growing electoral interests of politicians and parties to support the campaign.

To confirm YOUR support, please download and submit a Pledge Form. If you would like your party to consider making Simpol a part of its official policy, please download a Party Resolution Form.

What advantages does Simpol offer over UN-sponsored negotiations?

UN-sponsored international negotiations, for example on carbon emissions, have two major and potentially fatal draw-backs:

  1. They deal with only one issue at a time. This is problematic because, on any particular issue there will always be winners and losers. And because only one issue is on the table, there is no way for losers to be compensated, so virtually assuring their non-cooperation.
  2. When it comes to global policy, the people have no say and no sway on their governments. There is consequently no electoral pressure on governments - no direct political incentive for them to cooperate with one another.

By offering a multi-issue policy framework where nations that may lose out on one issue can gain on another, Simpol offers a far better prospect of achieving co-operation. Moreover, by allowing citizens to use their votes to incentivise politicians and governments, Simpol may ultimately offer a more likely means of solving today's global problems. But whether it does or not, Simpol can be supported without compromising your party's policy or the government's position in current international negotiations. Simpol works in parallel, and so is entirely complementary to those efforts.

So please download and submit a Pledge Form and lend YOUR support to Simpol.

How will Simpol's policy content be developed, and by whom?

Simpol's policy content will, when the time comes, be developed by citizens via processes to be hosted by each national Simpol organisation, and overseen by the International Simultaneous Policy Organisation. These processes would be launched only once sufficient support in principle for Simpol was forthcoming from politicians around the world.

Should that point be reached, these policy development processes will allow supporters in each country to design, propose and refine Simpol's policies. For this, they may draw on proposals from NGOs, politicians, think-tanks or on those provided by their own chosen experts.

This would be followed by an international negotiation to arrive at a final set of measures to be implemented by nations globally and simultaneously. Prior to implementation, citizens in democratic countries would be invited to confirm their agreement.

In that way Simpol's policy content remains:

  • Flexible: The policies remain open to revision at all times until the point of implementation so ensuring they are fully appropriate for then-prevailing world conditions;
  • Democratic: Supporters joining the campaign after the launch of the policy development process would still have the opportunity to contribute until final policies had been internationally negotiated and agreed.

Simpol is also globally inclusive. Not only will it allow citizens in democratic countries to participate in developing policy, the governments of non-democratic nations would, at the appropriate point, be invited to participate in international negotiations to reach a final agreement.

Because policy development would only commence once sufficient support from politicians were forthcoming, politicians who sign the Simpol Pledge at this stage support to the campaign only in principle. Should the process for developing Simpol's policy content eventually commence and result in any international agreement, and had you already signed the Pledge, you would be invited to re-confirm your support prior to voting in parliament to implement those policies.

Thus, not only is your support for Simpol given only in principle at this stage, Simpol's policy development, when it occurs, would remain open, democratic and flexible at all times until implementation and you would be asked, at that point, to re-confirm your support. This means you can sign the Pledge without risk, and without coming into any conflict with your party's present policies.

How does Simpol ensure that national sovereignty is protected?

To ensure Simpol only includes policies that genuinely require simultaneous implementation, the process incorporates a unique criterion for excluding policies which nations can implement unilaterally. In this way, Simpol achieves a healthy subsidiarity between the global level and the national level, so safe-guarding national sovereignty. This criterion is expressed in the following question:

Would the unilateral implementation of the policy by a single nation (or by a restricted group of nations) be likely to cause it a significant competitive disadvantage?

If the answer is:

  • No: the policy does not qualify for inclusion because it could be implemented by any nation (or restricted group of nations) alone.
  • Yes: the policy qualifies for inclusion in Simpol.

In this way, only appropriate policies are included while the national sovereignty of all nations is maintained. By signing the Simpol Pledge you are therefore promoting your nation's interest to cooperate to solve global problems while still protecting its right to self-determination on all issues that do not require a global approach.

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Wouldn't signing the Pledge be risky or put me in conflict with party policy?

No. For several reasons:

  1. Processes for developing Simpol's global policies would only commence if and when there is sufficient support in principle for Simpol amongst politicians around the world. At this stage, therefore, signing the Pledge is only a commitment in principle; a confirmation of your support only in principle for Simpol and the process it has set in train.
  2. Since Simpol's policies would only be developed once there is sufficient support from politicians, there can be no conflict with your party's policies. Both you or your party as a whole can support Simpol in parallel to your present policies, and in parallel to on-going efforts pursued by the UN and other international bodies.
  3. Simpol's condition of simultaneous international implementation allows politicians to support important global policies on condition they are implemented by all or sufficient nations together. So, not only can you support such policies without any risk to national economic competitiveness, you can be seen to advocate them while making clear the condition for your support: i.e. that you support them only on the basis that all or sufficient nations confirm their readiness to implement them simultaneously.

So, carry on supporting your party, but support Simpol too. Doing so is a risk-free, win-win proposition! Please confirm your support by submitting the Pledge Form

What are the electoral advantages of signing the Simpol Pledge?

There are many:

  1. Credibility: By supporting Simpol, you are identifying yourself as a politician who supports a practical solution to global problems. Supporting Simpol allows you to go beyond the confines of party policy to reach out to the growing body of voters who increasingly care about global issues but who have become disillusioned with party politics.
  2. Extra Votes: By supporting Simpol, you attract the votes of citizens who support the campaign. They are committed to giving strong preference to candidates who have signed the Pledge, to the probable exlcusion of those who haven't. At the 2015 General Election, over 600 candidates from all parties signed the Pledge. 29 of them became MPs. With support for Simpol growing, it makes sense to make sure you're amongst them.
  3. Leading the Way: By supporting Simpol, you are joining a growing body of parliamentarians, statesmen, economists and thought leaders who realise that the world needs a way out of its present dilemma and that traditional party politics, important though it is, cannot deliver on global challenges. You came into politics to make a positive difference to the world. Signing the Simpol Pledge offers you a complementary way to do that.

If I sign the Pledge, am I free to revoke it later?

Yes. But why would you want to?

  1. Since Simpol's policies won't be developed unless and until there is sufficient support from politicians for the campaign, there can be no conflict between Simpol and your party's policies. 
  2. Since your support would be given to the campaign only in principle, signing the Pledge involves you in no risk.
  3. If you sign the Pledge, Simpol-UK will normally publicise that Pledge to all its supporters, so indicating who they should give strong voting preference to at the next election. So if you decide to cancel your Pledge, you would only be inviting our supporters not to vote for you ever again.
  4. Bear in mind that, at elections, one or more political competitors in your constituency may have signed the Pledge. It would therefore be wise for you not to put yourself at a disadvantage.

In short, you can of course revoke your Pledge at any time if you wish, but there's really no reason to, and every reason not to. So please make yourself a part of the global political solution by signing the Simpol Pledge.

How will non-democratic governments be included?

The process of Simpol's policy development would only commence once there is sufficient political support for Simpol around the world. The process, if and when it starts, would occur in two stages; the first to include the differing perspectives and priorities of supporters in each nation; the second would be the international negotiation of a final set of policies which supporters and all governments can agree to, and implement.

  • Stage 1 would commence only once Simpol had gathered sufficient in principle support from politicians around the world to make policy-making worthwhile. At that point, national Simpol organisations would launch their own national policy development processes. In this way, national perspectives and priorities can be taken into account.
  • Stage 2 would only commence once international support for Simpol had become widespread and the possibility of implementation was approaching. The details of this international negotiation cannot be fully predicted at this stage. But it is anticipated that, for democratic countries, representatives from both national governments and their respective national Simpol organisations would be involved, side-by-side. Also involved would be the governments of non-democratic nations.

The details of these stages will become clearer as the process evolves and grows. In the meantime, Simpol needs YOUR Pledge to move the process forward! 

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How can my party officially support Simpol?

Political parties may officially support Simpol by passing a resolution at their annual party conference (or in whatever forum is legally charged with policy making). Please download the template resolution in support of Simpol for consideration by your party.

For more background on why supporting Simpol makes political sense for your party, please contact us requesting our Political Parties Prospectus.

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What our MPs say about Simpol...

At the 2017 General Election, over 650 candidates signed the Simpol Pledge. 64 are now MPs.

Barbara Keeley MP

Labour, Worsley & Eccles South

Pledged: 8th March 2015

Comment: "There are so many complex issues facing Governments today, from climate change to the global financial crisis. It is clear that we need international efforts to deal with them. For this reason, I am delighted to pledge to support Simpol."

Philip Hollobone MP

Conservative, Kettering

Pledged: 7th December 2006

Comment: "If the world can act together to tackle global issues then the greater the chance of success."

Comments from previous candidates...

Stephen Worrall (Liberal Democrats) High Peak

"The idea behind Simpol seems so simple yet I think it could prove incredibly powerful and you and your colleagues should receive full credit for developing it. Global problems require global solutions and Simpol could well help us get to those solutions.

The way in which the process neatly side steps the issue of countries fearing to act unilaterally is quite excellent. I have signed the pledge and thank you for inviting me to do so."

Andrew Adams (Labour) N. W. Hampshire

"I have signed up to the pledge having received several emails from constituents, thanks for promoting what is an imaginative and thought provoking effort to tackle some of the biggest problems facing the world."

Phil Chandler (Green Party) Morecambe & Lunesdale

"I have signed your pledge with delight. I very much admire the way you and SIMPOL have pursued this idea over what must be decades. It seems completely the correct way to proceed."

Darren Price (Labour) Congleton

"...as PPCs we are repeatedly advised against 'signing up for anything' for very good reasons in the most part.  I see this more as a way of operating/thinking rather than a binding commitment to a specific issue or cause and therefore a little different.  I'd be interested to hear anyone argue against it!" 

Pramod Subbaraman (Liberal Democrats) Edinburgh South

“I really like the Simpol approach. Global problems do need co-ordinated global efforts and global solutions.”

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