TAP Partnership with Compassion in Politics

4 March 2021

Compassion in Politics (CIP) was founded by Jennifer Nadel and Matt Hawkins and within a very short period of time has an international reputation for championing many of the causes that were also advocated by Paul Nicolson.

Compassion in Politics believes that

Compassion has the power to change politics for good.

From inequality to homelessness, divisions over Brexit to refugees dying at sea - imagine how these issues would be tackled if compassion was the main motivation of decision-makers

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.

​​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 has created an effective campaigning capacity and a wide-ranging network of supporters and fellow campaigners across the political spectrum in the UK. It has excellent relations with the media and academia.

Read more at www.compassioninpolitics.com

Paul had many conversations with Jennifer and Matt about the synergy and shared values held by CIP and TAP. They explored collaboration between the two organisations. This ambition is now being fulfilled.

Over the last year we have been developing the relationship and building a partnership between the two organisations.

Matt is a member of the TAP Board, and John and Tom contribute to CIP’s strategic planning.

The latest phase of this partnership includes

  • agreement that CIP will undertake campaigns on behalf of TAP
  • embed the advocacy of minimum income standards and addressing homeless in its programme – these being the key TAP legacy campaigns which were promoted by the Rev Paul Nicolson
  • TAP providing some modest financial support to CIP
  • joint planning of events and campaigns

At this stage TAP and CIP are retaining our own names and brands whilst strengthening our relationship.

Here is a video of Paul speaking at Where now for UK politics? on 16 January 2020, organised by Compassion in Politics.