Restless Development volunteers rushed to the UK Parliament today as the recent revelations about worldwide tax dodging raised pressure for the Tax Dodging Bill that Restless Development is campaigning for.
Along with an alliance of charities and other organisations, Restless Development is calling on all political parties to pledge to introduce a Tax Dodging Bill in the first 100 days after the election, which would help close tax dodging loopholes and use the funds generated to fight poverty, here and in developing countries.
On Wednesday 11th February, as the public and politicians woke up to more scandals in the newspapers about tax dodging through Swiss banks, we knew it was an opportunity for young people to make the case to the people in power.
Eight young people who'd returned from International Citizen Service placements with Restless Development rushed to parliament at the last minute and lobbied 49 Members of Parliament (MPs) who were just about to go into Prime Minister's Questions - the biggest televised political event every week.
This was my first time in Parliament, but I thought I really got through to the MPs I spoke to, telling them about my experience volunteering in India, and why that's made me want to tackle the causes of poverty and injustice in developing countries, like tax dodging by companies from richer countries - Ladan, 21
The MPs shared Ladan's tweet, tweeted about us themselves, and then went in front of TV cameras into the House of Commons chamber to ask questions that kept tax dodging at the top of the political agenda.
While the Tax Dodging Bill campaign has made big progress today, Restless Development won't be stopping until a bill is passed in the first 100 days of the new government - if you care about tackling poverty and feel like you pay your tax, so big companies should pay theirs, then we need you join us and demand change from your politicians - start by emailing your election candidates today.