Week in Westminster, 17th-21st June 2019

This week in the House of Lords bishops spoke on intergenerational equality, antisemitism, and the new ‘breathing space’ scheme for people in serious debt. They asked questions about serious youth violence, food banks and food poverty, religious freedom and the persecution of Christians, and those with disabilities reporting abuse. In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered questions from MPs on serious youth violence, clergy recruitment in London, the contribution of cathedrals to the local economy, employee pay gap, responsible investments, mobile phone masts, persecution of Christians, Thy Kingdom Come. The House of Commons passed the Church Representation and Ministers Measure. Continue reading “Week in Westminster, 17th-21st June 2019”

Week in Westminster 10th-14th June 2019

This week in the House of Lords bishops spoke on the regulation of online spaces, and Coventry City of Culture. They asked questions about lessons from Grenfell Tower, investment in peacebuilding, homophobic and misogynistic attacks, religious freedom in Hong Kong, support for young carers, and 5G mobile networks. In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered questions on affordable housing, land and forestry ownership in Scotland, grants, and coal use in churches and vicarages.

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Week in Westminster 3rd-7th June 2019

This week in the House of Lords bishops introduced the Church Representation and Ministers Measure for approval, and spoke in debates on climate change and renewable energy, and heritage railways. They also asked questions about voluntary sector involvement in probation services, Egypt and Sudan, and rural bus services. In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered a question about affordable housing.

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Prime Minister resignation statement – Archbishop and Lords Spiritual Convenor respond

On the 24th May 2019 Theresa May announced that she would be standing down as Prime Minister and Leader of the Conservative Party. The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Bishop of Birmingham, who is Convenor of the Lords Spiritual, issued the following statements in response: Continue reading “Prime Minister resignation statement – Archbishop and Lords Spiritual Convenor respond”

Week in Westminster, 20th-24th May 2019

This week in the House of Lords bishops spoke about UK foreign policy, British Steel, and the Ebola outbreak in the DRC, and voted on a Government motion on the rehabilitation of offenders. They asked questions about child poverty, Further Education funding, the UK’s clean air strategy, assisted suicide, gaming addiction, children in Iraq, terrorism in Sri Lanka and religious freedom in Pakistan. The Archbishop of Canterbury and Bishop of Birmingham responded to the Prime Minister’s announcement of her resignation.

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Week in Westminster, 13th-17th May 2019

This week in the House of Lords bishops spoke about Brexit and the UK’s defence policy, and asked questions about apprenticeships, and children in forced marriages. In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered questions on Christian persecution in African countries, and aid to Sri Lanka.

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Week in Westminster, 6th-10th May 2019

This week in the House of Lords bishops spoke about the toxic nature of much public debate, and welcomed new protective security funding for places of worship. They asked questions about modern slavery at car washes, the NHS and gambling related harm, diversity in public appointments, and biodegradable plastic bags. In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered questions from MPs on the Bishop of Truro‚Äôs review into persecuted Christians overseas, the attacks on Christian worshipers in Sri Lanka, and fire safety in cathedrals. Continue reading “Week in Westminster, 6th-10th May 2019”