MP WATCH

MP WATCH

MP WATCH

Together, we strive to strengthen community bonds, amplify local voices, and foster ACTIVE CITIZENSHIP.

Together, we strive to strengthen community bonds, amplify local voices, and foster ACTIVE CITIZENSHIP.

Together, we strive to strengthen community bonds, amplify local voices, and foster ACTIVE CITIZENSHIP.

Local MP Watch groups of concerned constituents, share their fears for the future with their representatives, draw attention to relevant information and encourage MPs to work to raise standards of integrity. On the environmental front, we encourage them to join groups such as the Conservative Environment Network, Socialist Environment, Resources Association, Labour Climate and Environmental Forum and UK100. We are pleased to ally with MPs and engage as critical friends. If all else fails, we will work to remove MPs we believe to be the greatest moral hazard or who block action on Net Zero.

Our team

Our team

Our team

MEET THE TEAM

MEET THE TEAM

MEET THE TEAM

If you feel you have something to contribute to our core team, please get in touch

Jessica Townsend

Jessica Townsend

Jessica Townsend

Co-founder and campaign coordinator

A former journalist, scriptwriter and filmmaker, she recently wrote a chapter about  MP Watch for the Climate Majority Project book and featured in Josh Appignanesi’s film My Extinction.  MP Watch is her third climate start up.

A former journalist, scriptwriter and filmmaker, she recently wrote a chapter about  MP Watch for the Climate Majority Project book and featured in Josh Appignanesi’s film My Extinction.  MP Watch is her third climate start up.

A former journalist, scriptwriter and filmmaker, she recently wrote a chapter about  MP Watch for the Climate Majority Project book and featured in Josh Appignanesi’s film My Extinction.  MP Watch is her third climate start up.

Sasha King Smith

Sasha King Smith

Sasha King Smith

Social media

Sasha studies Politics at the University of Warwick with a special interest in the power structures of International Development. At MP Watch, she runs the Social Media accounts to reach new people and publicise MP's actions. She serves as board secretary to Irise International, a charity focused on period equality for women and girls internationally. Following time working for a community allotment, Sasha is interested in facilitating conversation and community action to mitigate the climate emergency.

Sasha studies Politics at the University of Warwick with a special interest in the power structures of International Development. At MP Watch, she runs the Social Media accounts to reach new people and publicise MP's actions. She serves as board secretary to Irise International, a charity focused on period equality for women and girls internationally. Following time working for a community allotment, Sasha is interested in facilitating conversation and community action to mitigate the climate emergency.

Sasha studies Politics at the University of Warwick with a special interest in the power structures of International Development. At MP Watch, she runs the Social Media accounts to reach new people and publicise MP's actions. She serves as board secretary to Irise International, a charity focused on period equality for women and girls internationally. Following time working for a community allotment, Sasha is interested in facilitating conversation and community action to mitigate the climate emergency.

Lesley Grahame

Lesley Grahame

Lesley Grahame

Training support

Mother, Quaker, active citizen of Norwich, former nurse and Green Party councillor, Lesley sees politics as public health by other means, and walking the talk on peace, fairness and a just transition to from an extractivist economy to a sustainable circular one, that allows everyone to live well on the one planet that we have.

Mother, Quaker, active citizen of Norwich, former nurse and Green Party councillor, Lesley sees politics as public health by other means, and walking the talk on peace, fairness and a just transition to from an extractivist economy to a sustainable circular one, that allows everyone to live well on the one planet that we have.

Mother, Quaker, active citizen of Norwich, former nurse and Green Party councillor, Lesley sees politics as public health by other means, and walking the talk on peace, fairness and a just transition to from an extractivist economy to a sustainable circular one, that allows everyone to live well on the one planet that we have.

Ed Walsh

Ed Walsh

Ed Walsh

Training

Edward is a practising physiotherapist with a particular interest in persistent pain. He is also undertaking a neuroscience masters as part of a Pre-Doctoral Training Programme Fellowship researching Health Advances in Underrepresented Populations and Diseases (HARP). Edward was drawn to MP Watch due to its non-partisan focus on our elected representatives as those responsible for improving the lives of citizens and taking appropriate climate action. Edward thinks utilising the 'Hawthorne effect' in politics is a highly efficacious means of bringing about climate policy that better aligns with what science is telling us.

Edward is a practising physiotherapist with a particular interest in persistent pain. He is also undertaking a neuroscience masters as part of a Pre-Doctoral Training Programme Fellowship researching Health Advances in Underrepresented Populations and Diseases (HARP). Edward was drawn to MP Watch due to its non-partisan focus on our elected representatives as those responsible for improving the lives of citizens and taking appropriate climate action. Edward thinks utilising the 'Hawthorne effect' in politics is a highly efficacious means of bringing about climate policy that better aligns with what science is telling us.

Edward is a practising physiotherapist with a particular interest in persistent pain. He is also undertaking a neuroscience masters as part of a Pre-Doctoral Training Programme Fellowship researching Health Advances in Underrepresented Populations and Diseases (HARP). Edward was drawn to MP Watch due to its non-partisan focus on our elected representatives as those responsible for improving the lives of citizens and taking appropriate climate action. Edward thinks utilising the 'Hawthorne effect' in politics is a highly efficacious means of bringing about climate policy that better aligns with what science is telling us.

Guy Ducker

Guy Ducker

Guy Ducker

Film Maker

Guy has worked in the cutting room of over 25 feature films, including ‘Calendar Girls’ and ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”. He also edits artist’s films that have been shown at Tate Modern and the Pompidou Centre. An award-winning screenwriter and short film maker, Guy’s activism is making films with MP Watch and writing environmentally savvy drama.

Guy has worked in the cutting room of over 25 feature films, including ‘Calendar Girls’ and ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”. He also edits artist’s films that have been shown at Tate Modern and the Pompidou Centre. An award-winning screenwriter and short film maker, Guy’s activism is making films with MP Watch and writing environmentally savvy drama.

Guy has worked in the cutting room of over 25 feature films, including ‘Calendar Girls’ and ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”. He also edits artist’s films that have been shown at Tate Modern and the Pompidou Centre. An award-winning screenwriter and short film maker, Guy’s activism is making films with MP Watch and writing environmentally savvy drama.

Marijn Van de Geer

Marijn Van de Geer

Marijn Van de Geer

Team Support

Marijn has a history in refugee organisations,international development and climate and environmental politics.She is our lead on  citizens' assemblies.  Marijn has been a candidate in her local council and London Assembly elections, and is excited to use her knowledge and experience of the political system to support the MP Watch team. 

Marijn has a history in refugee organisations,international development and climate and environmental politics.She is our lead on  citizens' assemblies.  Marijn has been a candidate in her local council and London Assembly elections, and is excited to use her knowledge and experience of the political system to support the MP Watch team. 

Marijn has a history in refugee organisations,international development and climate and environmental politics.She is our lead on  citizens' assemblies.  Marijn has been a candidate in her local council and London Assembly elections, and is excited to use her knowledge and experience of the political system to support the MP Watch team. 

Daisy Thomson

Daisy Thomson

Daisy Thomson

Political advisor

With thanks to co-founders Tom Hardy and Rosie Merryfield.

WHAT WE BELIEVE IN

WHAT WE BELIEVE IN

Monitoring the integrity of our politicians

Does your representative truly express a sincere perspective on matters? Have they ever been dishonest in public or backed another's dishonesty? Have they distorted the truth, or endorsed someone else's distortion? Has your representative ever displayed bravery in upholding truth or distancing themselves from dishonesty?

Honesty

We look for evidence of any time an MP falls short of the whole truth, whether that’s outright lies, misrepresentation, partial truths and data or omissions of any kind. If a politician is inadvertently untruthful or misleading, we expect them to correct the record as soon and as clearly as is practical.

Transparency of funding and association

MP Watch is committed to ensuring MPs are transparent about who they are affiliated with, who they are lobbied by, and who funds them. We do not think it is acceptable for MPs to act as lobbyists as a side job. Transparency is only effective if it leads to accountability. So, we look at the extent to which an MP keeps a distance from financial or other influences that might seduce them away from doing an honest job.

Distinguishing Reliable Facts from Misinformation

Alongside an intention towards honesty, we need MPs (and candidates) to acknowledge and be educated in the many sources of misinformation they will encounter from vested interests: including powerful multinationals, organised misinformation sources, conspiracy theorists, and other attempts to manipulate our political system. They must recognise the need for reliable sources and independent research as a basis for their work.

Upholding high general political standards.

Politicians owe the electorate their own honesty, but they also need to be part of the wider solution by holding their colleagues to the
same standard. If another MP or minister says or writes something that they know to be untrue or which is misleading, they have a duty to point this out, even if it means contradicting an argument in support of their own agenda or defying the party whip.

Honesty

We look for evidence of any time an MP falls short of the whole truth, whether that’s outright lies, misrepresentation, partial truths and data or omissions of any kind. If a politician is inadvertently untruthful or misleading, we expect them to correct the record as soon and as clearly as is practical.

Transparency of funding and association

MP Watch is committed to ensuring MPs are transparent about who they are affiliated with, who they are lobbied by, and who funds them. We do not think it is acceptable for MPs to act as lobbyists as a side job. Transparency is only effective if it leads to accountability. So, we look at the extent to which an MP keeps a distance from financial or other influences that might seduce them away from doing an honest job.

Distinguishing Reliable Facts from Misinformation

Alongside an intention towards honesty, we need MPs (and candidates) to acknowledge and be educated in the many sources of misinformation they will encounter from vested interests: including powerful multinationals, organised misinformation sources, conspiracy theorists, and other attempts to manipulate our political system. They must recognise the need for reliable sources and independent research as a basis for their work.

Upholding high general political standards.

Politicians owe the electorate their own honesty, but they also need to be part of the wider solution by holding their colleagues to the
same standard. If another MP or minister says or writes something that they know to be untrue or which is misleading, they have a duty to point this out, even if it means contradicting an argument in support of their own agenda or defying the party whip.