The Swarthmore Lecture 2017: Faith in politics? A testimony to equality was given by Catherine West at 7:30 pm on Monday 31st July 2017 as part of Yearly Meeting Gathering at Warwick University.
The lecture focused on addressing inequality, tackling poverty and promoting social justice. It examined how Quakers effect change through politics – both participatory and representative – whilst living out faith in the world. Catherine said, “For me, actively advancing the cause of equality is both a political imperative and a spiritual vocation.”
Catherine became a Quaker in the 1990s and is a member of North West London Area Meeting. She is currently Member of Parliament for Hornsey and Wood Green. She was an elected member of Islington Council from 2002 to 2014 and Leader there from 2010 to 2013.