Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has highlighted the important role Christians play in society, particularly in the form of social activism.
His comments came as celebrated the 60th anniversary of campaign group Christians on the Left and marked the occasion with a speech thanking the group and all of those who are a part of the movement.
“The Christian Socialist Movement was born 60 years ago but Christian Socialism stretches way back beyond that and has a place within our movement since its very beginning,” Sir Keir said.
“The Christian community has always been at the forefront of social activism, seeking justice and speaking truth to power. I’ve seen Christians active in their local food banks, homeless shelters, and many other projects.”
Sir Keir noted that “as part of our movement, Christians on the Left continue to be a campaigning force in their local communities, and nationally, on issues such as tax evasion, and food poverty.
“Within our party, you’ve set a great example of the culture we need if we’re to unite our membership and form the next Labour government,” he continued.
“It is this commitment to local activism, national campaigning and our party culture that’s made such a valuable contribution to our society and to the Labour Party. I would like to thank all members of the Christian Socialist Movement and Christians on the Left for your dedication over the past 60 years.
“In these uncertain times we need the hope that you bring more than ever.”
Christians on the Left recently held an online anniversary service, hosted by Shadow Faith Minister Janet Daby.
Picture: Screengrab from Sir Keir Starmer’s message to Christians on the Left on the occasion of its 60th anniversary.