UK MPs and MEPs who 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 on to Simpol to encourage them to sign it. 

MPs, MEPs or party candidates: 

If you would like to support Simpol, you can see and sign the Pledge here.  Questions? Please see our FAQs for MPs and parliamentary candidates.

Pledged MPs England

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."

Roger Godsiff MP (Labour)

Pledged: 11th October 2007

Yasmin Qureshi MP (Labour Party)

Pledged: 8th June 2017

Caroline Lucas MP (Green Party)

Pledged: 8th June 2004

Ivan Lewis MP (Labour)

Pledged: 7th June 2017

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."

Jonathan Edwards MP (Plaid Cymru)

Pledged: 18th August 2015

Tom BrakeMP (Liberal Democrat)

Pledged: 23rd March 2007

Geoffrey Robinson MP (Labour)

Pledged: 31st May 2017

Henry Smith MP (Conservative)

Pledged: 19th April 2010

Jon Cruddas MP (Labour)

Pledged: 5th June 2017


Jenny Chapman MP (Labour)

Pledged: 3rd June 2017

Chris Williamson MP (Labour)

Pledged: 8th April 2015

Mike Wood MP (Conservative)

Pledged: 1st May 2015

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."

Stephen Lloyd MP (Liberal Democrat)

Pledged: 25th April 2010

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

Kate Osamor MP (Labour)

Pledged: 5th June 2017

Ben Bradshaw MP (Labour)

Pledged: 11th January 2019

Tulip Siddiq MP (Labour)

Pledged: 29th May 2017

John McDonnell MP (Labour)

Pledged: 31st January 2005

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

Liz McInnes MP (Labour)

Pledged: 3rd May 2015

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."

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."

George Howarth MP (Labour)

Pledged: 18th May 2017

Fabian Hamilton MP (Labour)

Pledged: 10th May 2017

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."

 

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."

 


Layla Moran MP (Liberal Democrats)

Pledged: 28th April 2015

Stephen Morgan MP (Labour)

Pledged: 8th May 2017

Rebecca Long Bailey MP (Labour)

Pledged: 5th June 2017

Emma Lewell-Buck MP (Labour)

Pledged: 6th June 2017

Jeremy Lefroy MP (Conservative)

Pledged: 8th June 2017

Paul Williams MP (Labour)

Pledged: 6th June 2017

David Drew MP (Labour)

Pledged: 15th April 2010

Vince Cable MP (Liberal Democrats)

Pledged: 28th May 2017

Mary Glindon MP (Labour)

Pledged: 29th April 2015

Faisal Rashid MP (Labour)

Pledged: 29th May 2017

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."

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."

Pledged MPs Scotland

Kirsty Blackman MP (S.N.P.)

Pledged: 6th May 2015

 


Neil Gray MP (S.N.P.)

Pledged: 1st June 2017

Philippa Whitford MP (S.N.P.)

Pledged: 2nd May 2015

Stuart McDonald MP (S.N.P.)

Pledged: 1st June 2017

Jo Swinson MP (Liberal Democrat)

Pledged: 17th August 2018

Tommy Sheppard MP (S.N.P.)

Pledged: 1st May 2015

Ian Murray MP (Labour)

Pledged: 28th April 2014

Joanna Cherry MP (S.N.P.)

Pledged: 5th June 2017

John McNally MP (S.N.P.)

Pledged: 4th May 2015

Stephen Gethins MP (S.N.P.)

Pledged: 3rd May 2015

Alison Thewliss MP (S.N.P.)

Pledged: 26th March 2018

David Linden MP (S.N.P.)

Pledged: 2nd June 2017

Paul Sweeney MP (Scottish Labour)

Pledged: 6th June 2017

Chris Stephens MP (S.N.P.)

Pledged: 2nd June 2017

Peter Grant MP (S.N.P.)

Pledged: 6th May 2015

Alan Brown MP (S.N.P.)

Pledged: 2nd June 2017

 


Roger Mullin MP (S.N.P.)

Pledged: 28th April 2017

Comment: "Before being elected, I worked for over 30 years on international issues in places as diverse as Namibia, Yemen and Marshall Islands. I fully support the principles of SIMPOL. If I am re-elected I intend focusing on such principles."

Angela Crawley MP (S.N.P.)

Pledged: 2nd June 2017


Martyn Day MP (S.N.P.)

Pledged: 27th April 2017

Martin Whitfield MP (Scottish Labour)

Pledged: 4th June 2017

Owen Thompson MP (S.N.P.)

Pledged: 29th May 2017

Angus Robertson (S.N.P.)

Pledged: 2nd June 2017

Marion Fellows MP (S.N.P.)

Pledged: 1st June 2017

Luke Graham MP (Conservative & Unionist)

Pledged: 5th May 2015

Gavin Newlands MP (S.N.P.)

Pledged: 1st June 2017

Pete Wishart MP (S.N.P.)

Pledged: 29th May 2017

Pledged MPs Wales & N. Ireland

Hywel Williams MP (Plaid Cymru)

Pledged: 24th April 2015

Paul Maskey MP (Sinn Fein)

Pledged: 26th May 2017

Mark Williams MP (Liberal Democrat)

Pledged: 20th August 2006

Comment: "I believe that the best way to achieve security and to tackle global problems, including global warming, ecological destruction, global poverty and the threat from terrorism is through international action.  I and my Liberal Democrat colleagues believe the UK must work with the UN and the EU to promote international law, democracy and respect for human rights. We will work to reform the UN and EU to make them more responsive to international challenges."

Liz Saville Roberts MP (Plaid Cymru)

Pledged: 3rd May 2015

Tonia Antoniazzi MP (Labour)

Pledged: 10th July 2017

Paul Flynn MP (Labour)

Pledged: 25th February 2015

Chris Ruane MP (Labour)

Pledged: 19th May 2017

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

Pledged UK MEPs

Lucy Nethsingha MEP (Liberal Democrats) Pledged: 5th May 2019

"There are so many issues which need to be tackled by nations working together. I am pleased Simpol are working to create a process to make international cooperation easier."

Catherine Rowett MEP (Green Party) Pledged: 28th February 2015

Claude MoraesMEP (Labour) Pledged: 21st February 2005

Julie Ward MEP (Labour) Pledged: 8th May 2019

Jane Brophy MEP (Liberal Democrats) Pledged: 8th June 2017

Gina Dowding MEP (Green Party) Pledged: 20th May 2014

Naomi LongMEP (Alliance Party) Pledged: 2nd April 2015

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

Christian Allard MEP (SNP) Pledged: 14th May 2019

Aileen McLeod MEP (SNP) Pledged: 14th May 2019

Sheila Ritchie MEP (Liberal Democrats) Pledged: 21st May 2019

Alexandra PhillipsMEP (Green Party) Pledged: 12th May 2019

Catherine Bearder MEP (Liberal Democrats) Pledged: 20th May 2019

Martin HorwoodMEP (Liberal Democrats) Pledged: 28th February 2007

Molly Scott-Cato MEP (Green Party) Pledged: 1st June 2017

Ellie ChownsMEP (Green Party) Pledged: 20th May 2017

Richard CorbettMEP (Labour) Pledged: 20th May 2019

FAQ for Politicians

Simpol offers an alternative, yet complementary, approach to solving global problems. Current efforts at international treaty-making sponsored 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.

Moreover, 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 indeed. In practice, only market- and business-friendly policies are now permissible, so marginalising the interests of society and the environment. But it is becoming increasingly clear that this is a vicious circle that no nation can win, and all must ultimately lose.

Simpol is unique in offerring 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 sign the Simpol Pledge. If you would like your party to consider making Simpol a part of its official policy, please download the Draft Party Resolution.

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 (eg. carbon emissions), 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 effectively no sway on their governments. There is consequently no electoral pressure on governments - no direct political incentive for them to cooperate with one another.

Simpol solves both these problems. Firstly, by offering a multi-issue policy framework where nations that may lose out on one issue can gain on another, Simpol uniquely offers a far better prospect of getting all nations to co-operate. 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 sign the Simpol Pledge and lend YOUR support to Simpol.

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.

To ensure Simpol only includes policies that genuinely require simultaneous implementation, the process incorporates a unique criterion for screening out national policies. In this way it 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 in Simpol 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 have no international impact.

No, for several reasons:

  1. The development of Simpol's global policies remains an on-going work-in-progress at all times until Simpol's implementation. As such its policies, although emerging in outline, remain to be fully defined and are likely to remain flexible until shortly before implementation. As such, for the foreseeable future, signing the Pledge remains 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 remain to be fully defined, there can be no conflict with your party's current international policies. Both you or your party as a whole can support Simpol in parallel to your present policies.
  3. Simpol's condition of simultaneous international implementation allows politicians to support important global policies but only on condition that 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; that condition being, that the policy is to be implemented simultaneously, only when all or sufficient nations also do so. If all nations move together, we all win.

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

There are many advantages:

  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 make yourself eligible to receive 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 exclusion of those who haven't. With support for Simpol growing, it makes sense to make sure that you've signed the Pledge.
  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 neither the UN nor traditional party politics, important though they are, can deliver on global challenges. You came into politics to make a positive difference to the world. Supporting Simpol offers you a complementary way to do that.

So please sign the Simpol Pledge today.

Yes. But why would you want to?

  1. Since Simpol's policies remain to be developed and wouldn't be implemented until all or sufficient nations support the campaign, they remain only a potential. Your or your party's support for Simpol at this stage therefore means supporting Simpol only in principle. So there is no risk and there can be no conflict with your party's policies. 
  2. If you sign the Pledge, your national Simpol organisation will normally publicise that Pledge to all its supporters, so indicating who they should give strong voting preference to at the next election. But if you decided to cancel your Pledge, we would, of course, publicise that too. So, to cancel your Pledge makes no sense. It would only invite our growing block of supporters not to vote for you.
  3. Bear in mind, too, that one or more of your political competitors in your constituency may sign the Pledge. So, if you were to cancel your Pledge, you would only be putting yourself at a competitive 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 show yourself to be part of the global political solution by signing the Simpol Pledge

Non-democratic countries are unlikely to be the first to support Simpol. But as democratic countries are gradually driven to sign the Pledge, the incentive and pressure on non-democratic countries to join the process will increase.

The governments of non-democratic countries can sign the Pledge at any time and pass it into law. Since no electoral pressure can be applied in such countries, what is their incentive for signing?

- Many such countries are relatively poor, so they would have much to gain from the kind of policies likely to be included in Simpol. Apart from solving problems like climate change, these would likely raise considerable revenues, a portion of which could be distributed to such countries on a debt-free basis.

- Many non-democratic countries are frustrated at the international community’s present lack of action and their own lack of influence. Many would want to sign the Pledge to set an example to the richer, more powerful countries.

- As the campaign develops and its public profile grows, Simpol would increasingly be accepted as the world’s most likely means of solving global problems. As non-democratic countries witness how democratic governments are being driven by citizens to sign the Pledge, and as they begin to see the benefits of global cooperation, they will not want to be left out of the process.

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.