Campaigns. It is important that I continue to know the strength of feeling on an issue and I prefer to respond to every inquiry, but the sheer size of campaign correspondence means that it is hard to justify to the tax payer the cost and time taken for individual written replies, so regrettably I will no longer reply to every item of campaign correspondence.  I will  post a response to the campaign on the "Responses to campaigns" page of my website.

I am sorry to do this, as it is rather impersonal, but can see no other way of maintaining a good service for all my constituents unless I approach campaigns this way.


15 NOV 2018

Red Wednesday

Thank you for taking the time to email me about Red Wednesday with CSW and Aid to the Church.

I share your concern about the persecution of Christians worldwide and I hope the following information on this topic from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is reassuring:

The Prime Minister has consistently reiterated the UK's commitment to stand up for the freedom of people of all religions and to allow them to practice their beliefs in peace and safety.
We have recently celebrated International Freedom of Religion or Belief Day and promoting Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) is a foreign policy priority for the Government.
The appointment of Lord Ahmad as the Prime Minister's Special Envoy on FoRB is welcome, which will promote our firm stance on religious intolerance abroad. Additional funding of £1 million will provide support to places of worship that have been subjected to hate crime attacks, underscoring the Prime Minister's commitment to tackling religious discrimination in all its forms.
The UK worked alongside international partners to maintain consensus on the adoption and implementation of both the Resolution on FoRB and the Resolution on Combating Religious Intolerance at the UN Human Rights Council in March. More recently, the Government has committed £12 million of additional funding to champion FoRB worldwide, working with faith groups, NGOs and academics to promote religious diversity and helping countries embed FoRB policies alongside poverty reduction and development.
The UK, will now, and in the future maintain a firm commitment to promoting and defending FoRB for individuals around the world.

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