Our country, the Commonwealth and the World grieves for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The tributes we have heard and read over these past few days have rightly focused on her extraordinary dedication to duty and service, her steadfastness, her dignity, her diligence, her love for people and her role as peacemaker. However, there has been much less focus on where the inspiration for all these marks of her life came from. The Queen herself made it very clear throughout her lifetime that the inspiration and anchor for her life was the person of Jesus Christ. For example, in her Christmas message of 2014, she said: “For me, the life of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, whose birth we celebrate today, is an inspiration and anchor in my life”. As Christians, this changes the way we grieve for our Queen.Continue reading
The last few years of politics have been a rollercoaster ride. Since the EU Referendum in the summer of 2016, much of what we thought we knew about British politics has been turned on its head. In last month’s General Election, the Conservatives’ simple “Get Brexit Done” slogan led to their largest majority since 1987, won largely off the back of large swathes of Labour’s traditional pro-Brexit heartlands in the Midlands and the North going blue for the first time in generations. Continue reading
This article was first published on the Premier Christianity Blog.
Sir Gary Streeter MP, chair of the Christians in Parliament All-Party Parliamentary Group, responds to the cross-party group of MPs who are calling for Parliamentary Prayers to be abolished.
Parliamentary prayers are “not compatible with a society which respects the principle of freedom of and from religion”. That’s according to an Early Day Motion put down by Crispin Blunt and backed by a cross party group of my fellow MPs.