Supporters

We are very grateful to those in Parliament, Academia and public life who have stepped forward to support us. These include our:

Ambassadors

Academic Advisory Board

Public figures

All Party Parliamentary Group

Members of Parliament

We have been working with over 100 MPs in the last Parliament and we aim to have over half of all MPs signed up to our Compassion Commitment.

Ambassadors

Susie Hills

Founder of KindFest

Founder and joint CEO of education consultancy Halpin. Founder of the annual Kindness Festival.
Shivonne Graham

Consultant and Strategist

Co-Founder of Roots and Wings consultancy. Formerly MD at Women for Women International.
Deeyah Khan

Filmmaker and activist

Award-winning documentary film director, UN Goodwill Ambassador, and human rights activist.
Natasa Pantelic

Founder of Labour Women's Parliamentary Staff Network

Former teacher and member of Fabian Women.
Brita Schmidt

Women for Women UK

Founder and former Executive Director of Women for Women UK and author of 'Fears to Fierce'.
Jackie Weaver

Cheshire Association of Local Councils

Chief Officer at the Cheshire Association of Local Councils.

Academic advisory board

A C Grayling

New College of Humanities

Master of the New College of Humanities. Author of 30 books on philosophy, ideas, and human rights including The Meaning of Things and Democracy and it's Crises. Fellow of the World Economic Forum and the Royal Society of Literature.
Professor Noam Chomsky

MIT and Arizona University

Professor Emeritus at MIT and Laureate Professor of Linguistics at Arizona. Chomsky is sometimes called "the father of modern linguistics" and is also the author of over 100 books and articles on philosophy, politics, the media, and war.
Prof Richard Davidson

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Richard "Richie" Davidson is professor of psychology and psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin–Madison as well as founder and chair of the Center for Healthy Minds.
Prof James Doty

Stanford University

Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery at Stanford University and founder and director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. Doty is also the Senior Editor of the Oxford Handbook of Compassion Science (2017).
Prof Paul Gilbert

University of Derby

President of Compassionate Mind Foundation, Professor of Clinical Psychology, and author of over twenty books.
Dr Brian Goldman

Emergency physician, author, public speaker, and radio personality.
Dr Joe Hoover

Queen Mary, London

Lecturer in Political Theory at Queen Mary, University of London. He is the author of Reconstructing Human Rights and Interrogating Democracy in World Politics.
Prof Bill McKibben

Middlebury College

Bill McKibben is founder and senior adviser emeritus of 350.org. His 1989 book The End of Nature is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has appeared in 24 languages.
Prof Rainbow Murray

Queen Mary, London

Professor of Politics, Queen Mary University, London. Rainbow’s major publications include the books Parties, Gender Quotas and Candidate Selection in France and Cracking the Highest Glass Ceiling.
Dr Kristin Neff

University of Texas

Associate Professor in Psychology at University of Texas. Kristin is a pioneer in the field of self-compassion research, creating a scale to measure the construct over fifteen years ago.
Prof Alice Roberts

University of Birmingham

Professor of Public Engagement in Science, University of Birmingham, a broadcaster, and author. Alice has presented numerous television shows including Coast, Digging for Britain, and Origins of Us. She has written seven popular science books.
Prof Peter Singer

Princeton University

Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University, and a Laureate Professor at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne. He is author of Animal Liberation and founder of The Life You Can Save.
Dr Ala Sirriyeh

Lancaster Unviersity

Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Lancaster University. She is the author of the book The Politics of Compassion: Immigration and Asylum Policy.
Prof Philip Zimbardo

Stanford University

Professor Emeritus at Stanford University and author of many psychology textbooks and academic pieces including The Lucifer Effect, The Time Paradox, and The Time Cure. He is also the founder and president of the Heroic Imagination Project.

Public Figures

Gillian Anderson

Actor

Gillian Anderson is an internationally acclaimed actor, author, and activist. She is best known for her roles in The X-Files and Sex Education.
Jamie Bamber

Actor

Known for his roles in Battlestar Galactica and Law and Order UK.
Siobhan Benita

Activist

Twice Mayor of London candidate, Former Youth Violence Commission member and Civil Servant.
Rt Rev Paul Butler

Bishop of Durham

Bishop of Durham and member of the House of Lords.
Aditya Chakrabortty

Journalist

Senior economics commentator at the Guardian.
Dr David Hamilton

Psychologist

Author and the Kindness Tsar to Psychologies Magazine.
Dr Phil Hammond

Comedian

Medical doctor, comedian, and author of books including What Doctors Really Think and Stayling Live. He is the medical correspondent for Private Eye.
Dalai Lama

Spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. "Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive."
Francesca Martinez

Comedian

Multi-award winning comedian, author of best-selling book What The **** Is Normal? and activist who organised the 2015 climate campaign This Changes Everything.
Cerys Matthews

Musician

Founding members of music group Catatonia, BBC Radio 6 presenter, and roving reporter for The One Show.
Darren McGarvey

Musician and commentator

Darren, who goes by the stage name Loki, is a Scottish rapper, hip hop recording artist, and social commentator. He won the Orwell Prize for his book "Poverty Safari" and presented the BBC programme "Class Wars".
George Monbiot

Journalist

Guardian journalist, activist, and author of books such as Feral and Out of the Wreckage.
Helen Pankhurst

Activist

Granddaughter of Sylvia Pankhurst and CARE International's senior adviser.
Laurie Penny

Writer

Activist and author, Penny's books include Meat Market: Female Flesh Under Capitalism and Unspeakable Things: Sex, Lies, and Revolution. Their blog was shortlisted for The Orwell Prize.
Frances Ryan

Journalist

Journalist and author of Crippled: Austerity and the Demonisation of Disabled People.
Richard Stone

Doctor and activist

Dr Stone served as a Cabinet Advisor to the Mayor of London, President of the Jewish Council for Racial Equality, and spent five years on the Runnymede Trust's ‘Commission on British Muslims and Islamophobia’, from 2000 to 2004 as chair.
Polly Toynbee

Journalist

Guardian journalist and vice-president of Humanists UK. Toynbee was named Columnist of the Year in 2007.
Ruby Wax

Comedian

Ruby Wax is a successful comedian, TV writer and performer of over 25 years. Ruby additionally holds a Master ’s degree in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy from Oxford University, and was awarded an OBE in 2015 for her services to mental health.

All-Party Group Members

Baroness Warsi

Conservative

Co-Chair of the APPG. Former Minister of the Foreign Office.
John Baron MP

Conservative

MP for Basildon and Billericay.
Debbie Abrahams

Labour

Co-Chair of the APPG for Compassionate Politics. Labour MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth.
Tracey Crouch MP

Conservative

MP for Chatham and Aylesford.
Martyn Day MP

SNP

MP for Linlithgow and Falkirk.
Stephen Kinnock MP

Labour

MP for Aberavon and Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs.
Kim Leadbeater MP

Labour

Labour MP for Batley and Spen.
Ruth Lister

Labour

Professor of Social Policy at Loughborough University and former Vice-Chair of the NCVO and Director of Child Poverty Action Group.
Caroline Lucas MP

Green

MP for Brighton Pavilion. Winner of Observer Politician of the Year in 2007, 2009, and 2010.
Anne McLaughlin MP

SNP

SNP MP for Glasgow North East and Spokesperson for Justice and Immigration
Dr Dan Poulter MP

Labour

MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich.
Liz Saville Roberts MP

Plaid Cymru

Plaid Cymru

Plaid Leader in the House of Commons and MP for Dwyfor Meirionnydd.
Alex Sobel MP

Labour

MP for Leeds North West and Shadow Minister for Tourism and Heritage.
Lord Andrew Stunell

Former MP for Hazel Grove. Campaigned for and had introduced law to ensure all new build homes are built to energy saving standards.
Lord Verjee

Lib Dem

Businessman, philanthropist, and chair of the Rumi Foundation.

Labour supporters

Andy Slaughter MP

Hammersmith

Former Shadow Minister for Justice.
Baroness Kennedy

Barrister, broadcaster, and member of the House of Lords. Kennedy was formerly Chair of Charter 88.
Christian Wakeford MP

Labour

MP for Bury South and member of the Education Committee
Jess Phillips MP

Birmingham Yardley

Shadow Minister for Domestic Violence and Safeguarding.
Jonathan Reynolds MP

Stalybridge and Hyde

Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.
Lord Knight

Chair, Good Things Foundation.
Lord Wood

Fellow of Practice at the Blavatnik School of Government in Oxford.
Ruth Cadbury MP

Labour

Labour

Member of the Transport Committee.
Preet Gill MP

Labour

Birmingham Edgbaston

Shadow Secretary of State for International Development.
Lilian Greenwood MP

Labour

Nottingham South

Chair of the Commons Finance Committee.
Darren Jones MP

Labour

Bristol North West

Chair of the Committee for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy.
Peter Kyle MP

Labour

Hove and Portslade

Shadow Minister for Victims and Youth Justice
Clive Lewis MP

Labour

Norwich South

Former Shadow Minister for Sustainable Economics.
Rebecca Long-Bailey MP

Labour

MP for Salford & Eccles and former Shadow Secretary of State for Education.
Holly Lynch MP

Halifax

Shadow Minister for Immigration.
Rachael Maskell MP

Labour

York Central

Shadow Minister for the Voluntary Sector.
Kerry McCarthy MP

Labour

Bristol East

Shadow Minister for Green Transport.
Stephen Morgan MP

Labour

Portsmouth South

Shadow Minister for the Armed Forces.
Ian Murray MP

Labour

Edinburgh South

Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland.
Lisa Nandy MP

Labour

Wigan

Labour MP for Wigan and Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs.
Yasmin Qureshi MP

Labour

Bolton South East

Shadow Minister for International Development

Conservative supporters

Robert Halfon MP

Harlow

Chair of the Education Committee.
Rachel Maclean MP

Redditch

Under Secretary of State, Department for Transport.
Derek Thomas MP

St Ives

Member of the Committee on Food, Environment, and Rural Affairs.
Tom Tugendhat MP

Conservative

MP for Tonbridge and Malling and Minister for Security.

Lib Dem supporters

Alistair Carmichael MP

Orkney and Shetland

Spokesperson for Home Affairs and Northern Ireland.
Baroness Burt

Former Chair of the Liberal Democrats.
Daisy Cooper MP

St Albans

Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats.
Lord Newby

Liberal Democrat Leader of the House of Lords.
Christine Jardine MP

Liberal Democrats

Edinburgh West

Lib Dem spokesperson for Exiting the EU, Trade, and the Treasury.
Layla Moran MP

Liberal Democrats

Oxford West and Abingdon

Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs.
Lord Shipley Obe

Member of the EU Goods Sub-Committee.

SNP supporters

Tommy Sheppard MP

Edinburgh East

SNP MP for Edinburgh East

Plaid supporters

Ben Lake MP

Plaid Cymru

MP for Ceredigion and Spokesperson for Media, Education, the Environment, Housing, Local Communities, and Health.

Crossbench supporters

Baroness Masham

Crossbench

Disability campaigner who won Paralympic medals at the 1960, 64, and 68 Paralympic Games.
Lord Kerslake

Crossbench

Former Head of the Civil Service and member of the House of Lords.
Lord Dykes

Crossbench

Hugh Dykes was Chair of European Movement-UK. In 1991 he was awarded the German Order of Merit, followed by the Luxembourg Médaille pour l'Europe in 1993.

Supporting organisations

​​Action for Happiness
A movement committed to building a happier and more caring society.
Charter for Compassion
A global movement which aims to create a world in which everyone lives by the value of compassion.
Equality Trust
The Equality Trust works to improve the quality of life in the UK by reducing economic and social inequality.
Organisation for the Prevention of Intense Suffering
The Organisation for the Prevention of Intense Suffering (OPIS) is a think-and-do tank working to design and promote the compassionate society of the future.
Safe Passage
UK charity campaigning for and helping child refugees find passages to safety.
Taxpayers Against Poverty
TAP campaigns for the relief of poverty and the promotion of human rights. Founded by the late Rev. Paul Nicolson.
Generation Rent
Working to ensure the voices of private renters are heard – by landlords, by policymakers, and by politicians.
Academics Stand Against Poverty Uk
A registered UK charity mobilising academic skills, resources and knowledge to help eradicate UK poverty and inequality.
WEAll
Bringing together everybody committed to an economy that delivers wellbeing for people and planet.