Faith and politics will mix at this year’s Labour Party Conference in Brighton. The first day of Conference will begin with the annual Labour Party church service. The service, which brings together Labour Party delegates and local worshippers, has been organised by Christians on the Left, the group for Christians in the Labour Party.
The church service will be held at 9:15am Sunday 24 September at ONE Church, Gloucester Road, Brighton. Held in conjunction with the development NGO TearFund, the service theme is entitled “Waste not, want not? The economics of the kingdom“. The speaker will be Ann Pettifor, director of PRIME economics and formerly of Jubilee 2000.
Andy Flannagan, Director of Christians on the Left, said:
“Each year the Labour Conference begins with a church service, which is a clear statement that faith and politics do mix. The conference service will bring together Christians who have been driven by their desire for social justice to get involved in politics. At the service and throughout conference week, we will tackle some of the difficult issues.”
Christians on the Left is also running a number of events during conference week which will cover issues such as the plight of oppressed people in the Middle East, how to reform finance, and international development. Christians on the Left will be continuing its campaign for a ‘Robin Hood Tax’, which received support at last year’s conference from the Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell.