Today I tabled an Early Day Motion (EDM) in Parliament calling on the Government to include compassion on it's list of 'fundamental British Values'.
‘That this house notes the list of British values published in the Prevent Strategy 2011 includes democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs; believes that ‘compassion’ is a fundamental British value which our government should affirm and our schools seek to actively promote; and calls for the Government to add ‘compassion’ to the official definition of British values.’
Speaking after tabling the EDM Liam Byrne MP said:
‘In multi-cultural Birmingham, people hold the same values dear as the rest of the country; freedom, equality, diversity ‘tolerance’, and ‘respect’.
‘But all my research tells me, the government is missing something fundamental from the list: good old fashioned British compassion.
‘In our surveys on ‘British’ values, kindness, compassion, ‘looking after the needy’ – and indeed looking after one another – is something people think makes our country special.
‘It’s why in poll after poll on our favourite institutions, up there with the Queen and our magnificent armed forces is the amazing NHS. It’s compassion in action’.