compassion in politics why

 Compassion has the power to change politics for good.

​From climate change to Trump and the divisions over Brexit, from the lives of refugees lost at sea to the increase in poverty.

Yet compassion has been edged out of the political debate, replaced by a politics of fear, anger, and divisions and a narrative which emphasises individual success over collective well-being and happiness.

And yet, when we look at ourselves and our lives it seems pretty obvious that we are so much more than that. We love, care, volunteer, help and support. Our proudest political achievements as a nation - the introduction of the NHS, the Kindertransport which rescued 10,000 Jewish children from the Nazis, the legalisation of homosexuality - were all built on compassionate principles. 


What if instead of rewarding selfadvancement and encouraging greed we celebrated and cultivated those types of policy and the values that they represent?​

Through a new kind of politics and with a new set of values at the heart of decision-making we can create a nation that cares for one another, improves everyone’s lives, and protects our natural world. 

compassion in politics how

compassionate policies

We are proposing a "Compassion Act" that would ensure no future law can make the lives of the most vulnerable or of future generations worse off.

compassionate debate

Our political system is modelled on a combative way of behaving that is out of date and not fit for the compassionate policies we seek. We will work to change that.

compassionate politics

We will work with politicians to encourage representatives of all parties to vote on the basis of compassion, rather than the demands of the whips or their own career advancement, to transform politics.

compassion in politics who 



Jennifer Nadel

Jennifer Nadel is a qualified barrister, author, political strategist, activist and award-winning television journalist. She has reported for the BBC, Channel Four News and was ITN’s Home Affairs editor. Her report exposing the use of rape as a weapon of war in Bosnia was used by UN war crimes investigators and she’s reported extensively on how the law discriminates against women. Her most recent book, WE, charts how to bring about individual and societal change. Her father came to the UK on the Kindertransport. She is on the board of INQUEST, a charity which supports families whose relatives have died in custody.

Matt Hawkins

Matt Hawkins has led a number of social and environmental justice campaigns. He was part of the Nobel Peace Prize winning team at the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) which successfully lobbied the UN to introduce a ban on nuclear weapons. Most recently, he managed the Equal Civil Partnerships Campaign which secured the introduction of civil partnerships for mixed-sex couples. 

compassion in politics who

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Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu

Dr Shola is a New York Attorney and Solicitor of England & Wales with broad expertise in the financial services industry, an author, public speaker and political commentator featured in mainstream and online media. A political and women’s rights activist, she also teaches intersectional feminism to female refugees and asylum seekers; scrutinises government policies from a gender and diversity inclusion perspective; and co-organises women's marches and social campaigns. 

Prof Paul Gilbert

Paul Gilbert, FBPsS, PhD, OBE is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Derby and Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Derbyshire Health Care Foundation Trust. He has researched evolutionary approaches to psychopathology for over 35 years with a special focus on shame and the treatment of shame based difficulties, for which compassion focused therapy (CFT) was developed. He has written and edited 20 books and established the Compassionate Mind Foundation in 2006. He was awarded an OBE in March 2011.

Marina Cantacuzino

Marina is an award-winning journalist who has worked for most British mainstream publications including The Guardian, The Telegraph and Hello magazine. In 2003, in response to the invasion of Iraq, she embarked on a personal project collecting stories of people who had lived through trauma and injustice, and sought forgiveness rather than revenge. As a result Marina founded The Forgiveness Project and started speaking widely about forgiveness and restorative storytelling.

Rebecca Sharkey

Rebecca is an experienced campaigner, currently working as Director of Campaigns for PEN International. She was previously Head of Public Affairs for the WI (National Federation of Women's Institutes) and Coordinator at ICAN UK (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons UK) which won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize.

Olivia Buckland

Olivia is an activist who has been involved in a range of campaigns from women's movements to health charities.


She is also a photographer, events manager, and film producer. ​