Southend West MP seeks debate on the Persecution of Christians

On Thursday 20th April, during Business of the House questions, Sir David Amess asked the Leader of the House for a debate on the persecution of Christians worldwide. 

The local MP said:

“Will my right hon. Friend the Leader of the House find time for a debate on the persecution of Christians throughout the world? Given that we start proceedings each day with prayers, were we to hold such a debate, it would send out an extremely strong message.”

Mr Lidington responded by acknowledging the need to defend religious freedom:

“I cannot offer my hon. Friend an immediate debate, but every single Member of the House will have been shocked by the attacks on Coptic churches in Egypt during holy week, which will have reinforced in all our minds the importance of the point he has made. He will know that in her Easter message the Prime Minister spoke up strongly about the need to defend religious freedom around the world, and made particular reference to Christians and other religious minorities who do not enjoy the freedoms we are fortunate enough to cherish here in the UK.”