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Arbury Christians seek MP's help to end world poverty

December 10, 2010 10:32 AM

Julian HuppertCambridge's Arbury Road Baptist Church members have sought the help of MP Julian Huppert to press the government to keep its promise to act to end world poverty.

Julian met the group at his regular surgery and heard how they are working to make sure the Millennium Development Goals - eight promises made in the year 2000 to halve world poverty by 2015 - do not slip off the agenda.

The members brought a banner to the surgery carrying promises made by the whole church along with their handprints to signify raising a hand when making a pledge.

They are supporting the Micah Challenge which encourages Christians across the country to hold their governments to account over the pledge.

Julian has agreed to write to Overseas Development Secretary, Andrew Mitchell and raise a Parliamentary Question addressing the issue.

And he has made two promises of his own: to ensure that the government keeps its commitment in the Comprehensive Spending Review to spend 0.7 per cent of GDP on aid and to find out if the House of Commons catering service uses Fair Trade goods.

Julian said: "I congratulate this group on their efforts to make sure these promises are honoured and keep the plight of the world's poor in our thoughts.

"It is often difficult for us to understand the unimaginable poverty in which some people live and how they face a daily struggle just to feed their families and give them shelter. If we fail these people they have little hope for the future.

"I will do everything in my power to make sure our government stands by the commitment it made 10 years ago."

Arbury Road Baptist Church member, Erica Bowler said: "We are pleased that Julian has agreed to do everything he can to make sure our government stands by its promise.

"The promise was made in 2000 to halve global poverty by 2015 and we are more than half way through and progress is slow. We are asking people to visit their MPs and ask for their help."