Stephen Timms, MP for East Ham, today welcomed constituents to Westminster, as part of the biggest ever British campaign to tackle world hunger.
The ‘Enough Food for Everyone IF’ campaign is a coalition of over 200 charities demanding that world leaders assembling for the G8 meeting next month in Northern Ireland take action to end world hunger.
Stephen Timms met with a large group of constituents, including Sister Dorothy Ward and Sister Monica Butler, when they visited Parliament on Wednesday 15th May to discuss the IF campaign.
The visit was part of an event organised by CAFOD, the Catholic aid agency, for whom Sisters Dorothy and Monica are campaigners.
They sat down with Mr Timms to discuss the causes of global hunger, including the activities of multinational food companies and the needs of small farmers in the poorest countries.
Stephen Timms said:
“It was great to meet with Sisters Dorothy and Monica, and the rest of the group, and discuss the IF campaign. As G8 summit hosts we have an opportunity to make 2013 an historic year. Just like with the Make Poverty History campaign, we can show global leadership and set about delivering clear plans to tackle the root causes of hunger. I am delighted so many constituents are joining the campaign and I would like to thank CAFOD for helping to organise this event."
Sister Monica Butler said:
"I was very grateful to Stephen for welcoming us to Westminster, and taking the time to have such an interesting discussion. It is great to know he is willing to engage on every issue of interest to his constituents, from local problems at home to some of the biggest challenges facing the world."
CAFOD director Chris Bain, who spoke to supporters during the lobby day, added: “It’s vital that the scandal of hunger is at the top of the agenda when the G8 comes to the UK next month. It has been inspiring to see so many religious people lobby their MPs. The voice of religious communities and individuals from across the UK is important in the conversation on global hunger.”