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October 2017
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Politics – DUP ‘resolute’ on ethical matters

Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Arlene Foster has told a conference that she will reject pressure to introduce same-sex marriage and abortion in Northern Ireland. Currently marriage is between one man and one woman in Northern Ireland and abortion remains illegal, except to preserve the life of the mother. As reported by the Christian…

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September 2017
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Politics – Churches told, ‘Keep up!’

Equalities Minister Justine Greening has told churches in the UK that they need to keep up with modern attitudes and carry out same-sex weddings. In an interview with Sky News, the Conservative MP said she did not want to ‘prescribe’ how faith groups deal with the issue, but it was ‘important the church keeps…

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August 2017
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Politics – Extremism concerns

The UK Government’s ongoing plans to establish an extremism commission have been met with serious criticism from the head of public policy at the Evangelical Alliance. In a statement, Simon McCrossan commented: ‘Proposals from the government to introduce an extremism commission raise more questions than they answer. The government has tried and failed in…

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July 2017
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Politics – IS attacks Britain

Christian leaders have condemned the Islamist terrorist attacks in Manchester and London, calling on Islamic leaders to take more responsibility. Dr Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, stirred controversy when he told leaders of Britain’s Muslim communities to do more to bear responsibility and take action to prevent extremism. He told the BBC Today programme…

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July 2017
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Politics – Care for trafficking victims

Britain’s support system for victims of trafficking is full of ‘inexcusable failures’, a report from the cross-party Work and Pensions Committee has declared. According to May 2017’s report, after an initial 45-day ‘reflection and recovery’ period in a safe house, the system left many victims destitute and their traffickers unpunished. MPs on the committee…

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July 2017
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Politics – Tawney Dialogue 2017

In Evangelical Times March 2017, Shirin Aguiar reported on the Conservative Christian Fellowship’s Wilberforce Address. In April, Shirin also attended Labour’s ‘Christians on the Left’ annual address — the Tawney Dialogue; here, she reports on its two keynote speeches. The Tawney Dialogue is named after Christian Socialist R. H. Tawney. At the 2017 event,…

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June 2017
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Politics – Sunday shopping

Northern Ireland’s family life will suffer if shops in Belfast could open all day on Sundays, the UK’s major shopworkers’ union (USDAW) has warned. Belfast City Council has been holding a consultation on allowing all-day opening on 18 days a year, but John Hannett, general secretary of USDAW, warned workers would come under ‘additional…

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