Divest Parliament

Big news: 100 MPs from across party lines have signed the Divest Parliament pledge, including Labour leader – Jeremy Corbyn.

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Just one year after launching the campaign, 100 MPs have now signed our pledge to divest their pension from fossil fuels. The MPs taking us over the 100 mark? None other than Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell.

2017 has brought soaring temperatures and devastating climate impacts. We know that stopping dangerous climate change means keeping fossil fuels in the ground.

100 MPs agree: we need a Fossil Free future. It’s time to Divest Parliament.

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Supportive MPs

100 MPs from across the political spectrum have now pledged their support to Divest Parliament. You can view and search the full list of pledged MPs below.

Unmitigated climate change threatens to undermine our economy, shared environment and global security. Under the UK’s Climate Change Act and the Paris Agreement, the UK is committed to limiting warming to well below 2C and to aim for no more than 1.5C. This requires leaving the vast majority of fossil fuel reserves unburnt, creating the real possibility of fossil fuel assets becoming stranded – with profound implications for the global economy.

We believe Members of Parliament have a responsibility to act on climate change, and a unique opportunity to show leadership on climate action, responsible investment and the management of climate risk through addressing the practices of our own pension fund.

As MPs past and present, and members of the Parliamentary Pension Fund, we call on the Trustees to uphold their fiduciary duty and take the financial risks of climate change seriously. We ask they quantify, disclose and review the fund’s investments in carbon-intensive industries, engage in a dialogue with fund members and managers on responsible investment, and commit to phasing out fossil fuel investments over an appropriate time-scale.

Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party and MP for Islington North said:

“Two years on from the historic Paris Agreement, our country must show leadership in confronting the existential threat posed by climate change. One contribution we can make as MPs is to end the investment from our pension fund in fossil fuel industries, which is why I have signed the pledge. To help protect our planet, we must wean our economy off its fossil fuel dependence and do more to move towards clean and renewable energy.”

Caroline Lucas, Green Party MP for Brighton Pavilion said:

“Preventing catastrophic and irreversible climate change means leaving the vast majority of fossil fuels in the ground. By divesting our own pension fund from fossil fuels, MPs can come together to demonstrate to the public that we are committed to a just transition towards a low-carbon economy. It’s utterly unacceptable that the Parliamentary Pension Fund remains so opaque, and that MPs’ savings continue to fuel climate chaos. We need real transparency, and an ethical policy which ensures that our investments do not cause harm for the sake of short term profit.”

David Lammy, Labour MP for Tottenham said:

“After a summer of devastating hurricanes, floods and droughts, the consequences of failing to uphold the Paris Agreement have never been more apparent. It is our responsibility as MPs to take our commitments to our planet and to future generations seriously – if we are going to call for action on climate change on the floor of the House of Commons then we must lead by example and put our money where our mouths are by divesting our own pension fund and hope that others will join us in doing so.”

MP NameConstituencyParty AffiliationCurrent MP?
Alan SimpsonN/ALabour PartyNo
Alex NorrisNottingham NorthLabour PartyYes
Alex SobelLeeds North WestLabour PartyYes
Alison McGovernWirral SouthLabour PartyYes
Andrew SlaughterHammersmithLabour PartyYes
Andrew SmithN/ALabour PartyNo
Andy SawfordN/ALabour PartyNo
Anna McMorrinCardiff NorthLabour PartyYes
Anneliese DoddsOxford EastLabour PartyYes
Bambos CharalambousEnfield, SouthgateLabour PartyYes
Barry GardinerBrent NorthLabour PartyYes
Barry SheermanHuddersfieldLabour/Co-operative PartyYes
Ben HowlettN/AConservative PartyNo
Benjamin BradshawExeterLabour PartyYes
Calum KerrN/AScottish National PartyNo
Caroline AnsellN/AConservative PartyNo
Caroline LucasBrighton, PavilionGreen PartyYes
Carolyn HarrisSwansea EastLabour PartyYes
Cat SmithLancaster and FleetwoodLabour PartyYes
Catherine McKinnellNewcastle upon Tyne NorthLabour PartyYes
Catherine WestHornsey and Wood GreenLabour PartyYes
Chris ElmoreOgmoreLabour PartyYes
Chris LawDundee WestScottish National Party (SNP)Yes
Chris WilliamsonDerby NorthLabour PartyYes
Chuka UmunnaStreathamLabour PartyYes
Clare ShortN/AIndependent LabourNo
Clive LewisNorwich SouthLabour PartyYes
Daniel ZeichnerCambridgeLabour PartyYes
Darren JonesBristol North WestLabour PartyYes
David DrewStroudLabour PartyYes
David HansonDelynLabour PartyYes
David LammyTottenhamLabour PartyYes
David WarburtonSomerton and FromeConservative PartyYes
Deidre BrockEdinburgh North and LeigthScottish National Party (SNP)Yes
Diana JohnsonKingston upon Hull NorthLabour PartyYes
Dianne AbbottHackney North and Stoke NewingtonLabour PartyYes
Douglas ChapmanDunfermline and West fifeScottish National Party (SNP)Yes
Dr Julian HuppertN/ALiberal DemocratsNo
Dr Rosena Allin-KhanTootingLabour PartyYes
Drew HendryInverness, Nairn, Badenoch and StrathspeyScottish National Party (SNP)Yes
Frank FieldBirkenheadLabour PartyYes
Frank Judd (Lord Judd)N/ALabour PartyNo
Gareth ThomasHarrow WestLabour/Co-operative PartyYes
Geoffrey RobinsonCoventry North WestLabour PartyYes
Geraint DaviesSwansea WestLabour/Co-operative PartyYes
Gill FurnissSheffield, Brightside and HillsboroughLabour PartyYes
Greg MulhollandN/ALiberal DemocratsNo
Harriet HarmanCamberwell and PeckhamLabour PartyYes
Heidi AlexanderLewisham EastLabour PartyYes
Helen HayesDulwich and West NorwoodLabour PartyYes
Holly LynchHalifaxLabour PartyYes
Hywel WilliamsArfonPlaid CymruYes
Ian BlackfordRoss, Skye and LochaberScottish National Party (SNP)Yes
Ian LucasWrexhamLabour PartyYes
Ian MearnsGatesheadLabour PartyYes
Ian MurrayEdinburgh SouthLabour PartyYes
Imran HussainBradford EastLabour PartyYes
Ivan LewisBury SouthLabour PartyYes
Jason McCartneyN/AConservative PartyNo
Jeff SmithManchester, WithingtonLabour PartyYes
Jenny ChapmanDarlingtonLabour PartyYes
Jeremy CorbynIslington NorthLabour PartyYes
Jo StevensCardiff CentralLabour PartyYes
John Gummer (Lord Deben)N/AConservative PartyNo
John LeechN/ALiberal DemocratsNo
John McDonnellHayes and HarlingtonLabour PartyYes
Julie CooperBurnleyLabour PartyYes
Karen BuckWestminster NorthLabour PartyYes
Karin SmythBristol SouthLabour PartyYes
Kate GreenStretford and UrmstonLabour PartyYes
Kerry McCarthyBristol EastLabour PartyYes
Kerry PollardN/ALabour PartyNo
Kevin BrennanCardiff WestLabour PartyYes
Laura SandysN/AConservative PartyNo
Laura SmithCrewe and NantwichLabour PartyYes
Layla MoranOxford West and AbingdonLiberal DemocratsYes
Lisa NandyWiganLabour PartyYes
Liz Saville-RobertsDwyfor MeirionnyddPlaid CymruYes
Lloyd Russell-MoyleBrighton, KemptownLabour PartyYes
Louise HaighSheffield, HeeleyLabour PartyYes
Lucy PowellManchester CentralLabour/Co-operative PartyYes
Lynne JonesN/ALabour PartyNo
Margaret GreenwoodWirral WestLabour PartyYes
Mark DurkanN/ASocial Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP)No
Mark HunterN/ALiberal DemocratsNo
Mark LazarowiczN/ALabour PartyNo
Mark TamiAlyn and DeesideLabour PartyYes
Martyn DayLinlithgow and East FalkirkScottish National Party (SNP)Yes
Mary GlindonNorth TynesideLabour PartyYes
Matthew PennycookGreenwich and WoolwichLabour PartyYes
Meg HillierHackney South and ShoreditchLabour/Co-operative PartyYes
Michael DugherN/ALabour PartyNo
Mohammed YasinBedfordLabour PartyYes
Naomi LongN/AAllianceNo
Naz ShahBradford WestLabour PartyYes
Neil CoyleBermondsey and Old SouthwarkLabour PartyYes
Norman LambNorth NorfolkLiberal DemocratsYes
Paul BlomfieldSheffield CentralLabour PartyYes
Paul FlynnNewport WestLabour PartyYes
Peter KyleHoveLabour PartyYes
Rachael MaskellYork CentralLabour PartyYes
Rebecca Long-BaileySalford and EcclesLabour PartyYes
Richard BurgonLeeds EastLabour PartyYes
Robert FlelloN/ALabour PartyNo
Roberta Blackman-WoodsCity of DurhamLabour PartyYes
Roger GodsiffBirmingham, Hall GreenLabour PartyYes
Roger MullinN/AScottish National Party (SNP)No
Ronnie CowanInverclydeScottish National Party (SNP)Yes
Rosie DuffieldCanterburyLabour PartyYes
Rupa HuqEaling Central and ActonLabour PartyYes
Ruth CadburyBrentford and IsleworthLabour PartyYes
Sir David CrausbyBolton North EastLabour PartyYes
Sir Vince CableTwickenhamLiberal DemocratsYes
Stella CreasyWalthamstowLabour/Co-operative PartyYes
Stephen DoughtyCardiff South and PenarthLabour/Co-operative PartyYes
Stephen PoundEaling NorthLabour PartyYes
Steve ReedCroydon NorthLabour/Co-operative PartyYes
Stuart McDonaldCumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch EastScottish National Party (SNP)Yes
Thangam DebbonaireBristol WestLabour PartyYes
Thelma WalkerColne ValleyLabour PartyYes
Tom BrakeCarshalton and WallingtonLiberal DemocratsYes
Tom LevittN/ALabour PartyNo
Tommy SheppardEdinburgh EastScottish National Party (SNP)Yes
Tonia AntoniazziGowerLabour PartyYes
Tulip SiddiqHampstead and KilburnLabour PartyYes
Valerie Davey
N/ALabour PartyNo
Vernon CoakerGedlerLabour PartyYes
Wera HobhouseBathLiberal DemocratsYes
Yvonne FovargueMakerfieldLabour PartyYes
Zac GoldsmithRichmond ParkConservative PartyYes

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This is big.100 MPs including Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn have now signed the #DivestParliament pledge!In just one year, this campaign has mobilised thousands to pressure their MPs, and built incredible political support. This is truly the result of people power.Email your MP and demand climate action: divestparliament.org

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