The Parliamentary sub-committee works on behalf of PFEW to engage with parliamentarians at Westminster and Cardiff to further the objectives of the organisation.
The committee meets quarterly under the chairmanship of the National Vice Chair and is attended by Chairs and representatives from each of the eight regions. Those on the committee are supported by their regional National Board members.
We are assisted in our work by the London-based public affairs company Cicero/AMO, who facilitate introductions and engagement meetings with MPs and our representatives, parliamentary events and monitor how PFEW is regarded by MPs and external political stakeholders.
The sub-committee seeks to influence legislative and policy changes which support the strategic aims and objectives of PFEW; for example the Police Covenant and Emergency Drivers legislation as well as the Protect the Protectors campaign which led to assault against an emergency services worker becoming an aggravated offence.
Among our current priorities for 2021 is the successful passage of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, which contains many enhancements that PFEW has been campaigning for, including:
In addition, this year we are taking forward the #573 campaign, assisting and encouraging branches to start a dialogue with their region’s MPs. The intention is to have contacted all 573 England and Wales MPs by the end of the year.
On December 7 2022, PFEW successfully held its largest parliamentary engagement event in recent years, speaking directly to more than 50 MPs to rally support for its core campaigns.