Thursday, January 13, 2005

Both David Laws and Mark Oaten have now added their signatures to EDM 9 - MAKE POVERTY HISTORY IN 2005 CAMPAIGN so 47 of the 55 Liberal Democrats have now signed EDM 9 - MAKE POVERTY HISTORY IN 2005 CAMPAIGN. The 8 who have not signed so far are Bruce, Burnett, Green, Kennedy, Marsden, Rendel, Taylor and Younger-Ross.

If you happen to be a constituent of any of the Liberal Democrat MPs mentioned above or a Liberal Democrat who is a friend of theirs please write to them and explain that that every 3 seconds, poverty takes a child's life or even that there are more than a billion people living on less than $1 a day. This if proof that there is an urgent requirement for there to be action on the issue of poverty and since 2005 holds a fantastic opportunity due to the issue of poverty being on the public mind because of the 10th Red Nose Day 11th March 2005 (the 20th Birthday of Comic Relief), the 20th Anniversary of Live Aid 13th July 2005, the Commission for Africa report (due in April) and the UN General Assembly Special Summit on the Millennium Development Goals takes place 1st - 5th September 2005 and since they as Liberal Democrats they have made a commitment to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society in which no-one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity and that they believe that the role of the state is to enable all citizens to attain these ideals, to contribute fully to their communities and to take part in the decisions which affect their lives they should call on the government to lead the way for change and use its influence when it holds as it holds the Presidency of the G8 and the EU to make poverty history in 2005.
The simplest gesture they can make is by signing EDM 9 - MAKE POVERTY HISTORY IN 2005 CAMPAIGN and follow that up by writing to fellow Liberal representatives across the world asking them to call on their governments to support the UK Government during its Presidency of the G8 and the EU to make poverty history in 2005.

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