Together with the All-Party Group for Compassionate Politics we hosted a fascinating discussion on Ukraine and the psychology and emotion of conflict.
We joined by experts in the field Prof Paul Gilbert (Compassionate Mind Foundation and University of Derby) and Dr Claire Yorke (Centre for War Studies, University of Southern Denmark). Paul and Claire looked at:
- What can psychology teach us about how best to approach and de-escalate conflict?
- How do individuals like Putin rise to power?
- How do we, in the future, create a more peaceful world?
Compassion in Politics has submitted a formal response to the Committee on Standards inquiry into parliamentarian's Code of Conduct.
The Committee is taking views on the contents of the code and methods for ensuring that it is upheld.
The Code provides a guide for parliamentarian's behaviour and sets the rules on a range of issues including acceptance of donations, second jobs, and expenses.
Responding to the publication of Sue Gray’s investigation into the parties at Downing Street during Covid lockdowns, Co-Director of Compassion in Politics Jennifer Nadel said:
“Gray's report must be the lightening-rod that sparks a complete renewal of the culture, values, and standards in our politics.
Compassion in Politics is extremely proud to now have branches across the world. In this first joint event with our international friends, we looked at how different leaders across the world have chosen to respond to the Covid pandemic - and what that tells us about the psychology of leadership and the structures and culture that allow certain kinds of leaders to thrive.
- Dr Claire Yorke (keynote). Author and academic on the subject of empathy and politics.
- Cristiano Ramalho, Compassion in Politics Brazil
- Pablo Zitto Soria, Compassion in Politics Argentina
- Mira Borggreen, Compassion in Politics Denmark
- Matt Hawkins, Compassion in Politics UK
Jennifer Nadel, Co-Director of Compassion in Politics, said:
"That officials and Ministers deemed it acceptable to organise parties during a national lockdown, sought to cover them up, and lied about their occurrence demonstrates that our politics has completely lost its moral compass. The public are understandably feeling dejected, dispirited, and utterly disrespected by this latest episode in a long-running saga of unethical behaviour.
A coalition of civil society groups have today written to the Speaker of the Commons urging him to lift the ban that prevents MPs from bringing their babies into the Chamber.
The coalition, which includes Compassion in Politics, Centenary Action Group, and Pregnant then Screwed, wrote in support of the Labour MP Stella Creasy who was this week reprimanded by parliamentary authorities for bringing her new-born baby into the Commons.
In a joint interview with journalist Gavin Esler, Labour MP Jess Phillips and Conservative MP Maria Miller have opened-up about life as female parliamentarians, the abuse politicians receive, and the tribalism of modern politics.
The interview is part of a new podcast series from Compassion in Politics called “Across the Benches”. The series will bring together MPs from different parties to discuss the values and experiences they have in common.