Church of England Week in Westminster, 27th June – 1st July 2016

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

This week Bishops in the House of Lords called for action to counter fear and race hatred following the outcome of the EU referendum. Bishops also asked questions about freedom of speech at universities, radicalisation in prisons, and strengthening religious education. Bishops also spoke in debates on zero hours contracts, trust in public institutions and historic sex abuse allegations. During the recall of the House the previous week, the Bishop of Leeds paid tribute to Jo Cox MP.

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


Leeds160620Monday 20th June

The Bishop of Leeds paid tribute to Jo Cox MP when the House of Lords was recalled from recess for a debate.


Chelmsford 251115Monday 27th June

The Bishop of Chelmsford responded to a Government statement on the result of the EU Referendum. He also asked a question about freedom of speech at universities.

Derby 191115cWednesday 29th June 

The Bishop of Chelmsford responded to a Government statement on hate crimes.

The Bishop of Derby took part in a debate on zero-hours contracts.


RochesterThursday 30th June

The Bishop of Rochester received written answers to questions on radicalisation in prisons.

The Bishop of Chelmsford asked a question about religious education in schools and spoke in two debates: on historic abuse allegations and on trust in public institutions.