Churches are providing the moral and spiritual ideas that politics lacks, the head of the Labour party has claimed.
During a reception held by Labour leader Ed Miliband, attended by more than 200 church leaders, Mr Miliband said politicians still needed ideas and that is what churches were providing.
Organised by Christians on the Left, the reception highlighted work such as the all-party parliamentary report on food banks, where churches have been leaders in their local communities.
Speaking at the event, Mr Miliband said, ‘Politics still needs ideas, because it is ideas that start movements. Food banks would not have been organised by a political party. It required a movement’.
He said that Labour wants to lead a coalition of people working for change in society. He highlighted the other work done by church organisations and volunteers, such as mentoring young people, and supporting minorities in Iraq and Syria.