Church of England Week in Westminster, 13th-17th June 2016

Welcome to the Church of England’s weekly round-up of activity in Parliament.

WestminsterThis week the Bishop of Gloucester read prayers in the House for the first time, becoming the first woman to do so in the history of Parliament. Bishops also asked questions on the attacks in Orlando, persecuted Christians in the Middle East, fostering of child refugees and the impact of stop and search on the black community. Bishops also spoke in debates on the Government’s Children and Social Work Bill and the migrant crisis. The Bishop of St Albans’ bill on gambling received its First Reading in the Lords. In the Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered a question on deprived communities. Parliament rose on Wednesday for the short EU referendum recess.

Members of both Houses responded with shock and sadness to the news of the death of Jo Cox MP, who had been attacked outside her constituency advice surgery. The Bishop of Sheffield, on duty in the Lords for the week, published thoughts on this tragic event.  

Entrance to New Robing RoomThe Bishop of Sheffield, Rt Revd Steven Croft, was on duty throughout the week, leading prayers in the Lords Chamber at the start of each sitting day.

Monday13th June

Bishop of Gloucester 10The Bishop of Gloucester became the first woman to lead the House of Lords in prayer at the start of a sitting. She then asked a question on fostering of child refugees.

BettingBill2016The Bishop of Rochester asked a question about the use of stop and search against black people.

A bill from the Bishop of St Albans on gambling regulation received its First Reading.

The Bishop of Chester responded to a Government statement on the attacks on LGBT people in Orlando.

Tuesday 14th June

worcesterThe Bishop of Worcester asked a question about persecuted Christian communities in the Middle East.

The Bishop of Durham spoke during the Second Reading debate on the Government’s Children and Social Work Bill.

Caroline SpelmanWednesday 15th June

The Bishop of Sheffield spoke in a debate about the migration crisis.

Rt Hon Caroline Spelman MP answered a written question on disadvantaged communities.

Friday 16th June

The Bishop of Sheffield published a blog reflecting on the week in Parliament and the tragic death of Jo Cox MP.

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