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Franciscan friars from Plaistow meet MP to call for action on global hunger

PUBLISHED: 09:49 20 May 2013 | UPDATED: 09:50 20 May 2013

Brother Vaughan, Brother Peter and Brother Benedict (centre with brown habits) with other monks, priests and nuns from various orders outside Houses of Parliament

Brother Vaughan, Brother Peter and Brother Benedict (centre with brown habits) with other monks, priests and nuns from various orders outside Houses of Parliament

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Three Franciscan friars from Plaistow were among hundreds of priests, monks and nuns meeting their MPs at the Houses of Parliament to push for action on global hunger.

Brother Benedict, Brother Vaughan and Brother Peter took part in a mass lobby on Wednesday organised by the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD), as part of the Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign.

Labour party leader Ed Miliband and international development minister Alan Duncan were among more than 40 MPs who met the religious lobbyists. The three Franciscan friars met West Ham MP Lyn Brown.

Br Peter said: “Every night, I collect sandwiches that would otherwise be thrown away from a sandwich shop in Westfield shopping centre– and when you think of the amount of food the big supermarkets throw away, it makes you feel very uncomfortable.”

The lobby came in the lead-up to the G8 summit, which is held in the UK only once every eight years.


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