Christian to stand in Eastleigh by-election
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|Conservative candidate Maria
He has launched a campaign with a strong emphasis on authentic marriage. In a press release he said:
“I think a lot of people feel let down, not only by our former local MP but by the whole political system. The complete disregard for proper process in the redefinition of marriage vote is indicative of the contempt for ordinary voters. Something as profound as marriage requires far more care than Mr Cameron or his Government have shown it.
“It’s time for honesty and integrity to be restored to politics. I’m asking people to back real democracy by backing me. Real democracy is about representing the people who vote for you, not toeing the party line and certainly not forcing through legislation without any mandate”.
Listen to a BBC local radio interview with Danny >
The Conservative candidate Maria Hutchings is also a strong marriage supporter and strongly pro-life.
The people of Eastleigh will go to the ballot box on 28th February.
Please pray for the election result - that it would send a message to the Prime Minister that people care about marriage and are disappointed by the way in which he is attempting to redefine it without any mandate.
Get the latest information to help you pray for Parliament
|Christian Concern report on
Prayer for Parliament
gathering (3m 1s) >
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To help you do this, Prayer for Parliament has launched a new website packed with useful information and resources to help you pray effectively. On the website you can sign up to receive 'The Prayer Shield' email - it gives vital information on issues being debated in Parliament.
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Jeffrey Donaldson, MP for Lagan Valley and a committed Christian, is Chairman of the initiative. Please show your support by signing up for The Prayer Shield.
Our reporter Peter Wooding has produced a short report on the Prayer for Parliament gathering held on Wednesday (13th February). Watch it here >
CofE warning: Same sex 'marriage' will threaten religious freedom
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William Fittall, secretary-general of the General Synod, made the comments whilst giving evidence to the Public Bill Committee in the House of Commons which is currently scrutinising the Government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
Read more > You can also contribute at this stage of the Bill's progress...
The Bill is currently at the committee stage in the House of Commons. This is where a committee of MPs hears evidence and considers the details of the Bill. This stage should be complete by 12th March.
You can send a written submission to the Committee outlining your concerns with the Bill. Details here >
Contact your MP
Please take a look to see how your MP voted on the Bill in the House of Commons last week. Click here to see the list (if you don't know who your MP is, click here to find out).
- If they voted against the Same Sex Marriage Bill, please thank them for doing so.
- If they voted for it, please let them know how disappointed you are and whether they have now lost your vote.
- To contact your MP, search for them here and then click on their name to see contact details.
Contact the Prime Minister
Even though David Cameron has been at the forefront of the effort to redefine marriage, he failed to attend last week's debate. It is astounding that he should be absent for such a significant Bill.
Please write to the Prime Minister to express your disappointment at his failure to attend the debate. You can send an email here or send a letter to: 10 Downing Street, London, SW1A 2AA.
Lords may block same sex 'marriage' Bill
According to The Telegraph this week, half of Conservative peers and dozens of Labour and Liberal Democrat peers are expected to vote against the Bill, potentially blocking the legislation.
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The Bill still needs to go through a few more stages before it gets to the House of Lords. Here is how it is expected to progress:
- The Bill has entered the committee stage which is expected to be complete by 12th March, ready for the report stage. This will be followed by a third reading in the Commons.
French MPs approve same-sex 'marriage'
Aberdeen congregation latest to leave Church of Scotland
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Survey reveals Britain's dependence on churches
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Girl Guides - Respond to public consultation
As it stands, Girl Guides promise to "love my God." This reference to God
could be removed depending on the responses to the consultation.
Please have your say by completing the online survey. It's a simple tick-box survey that only takes a few minutes and is open to all members of the public. The deadline is 3rd March.
Complete the survey >
The Air Cadet Organisation is also changing its promise following pressure from secularist campaign groups. Find out more >
The founding principles of the Girl Guiding, Scouting and Air Cadets movements are based on a Christian outlook. Removing references to God will result in a loss of identity and a basis for the values promoted by these institutions.
Video & Radio
Andrea speaking at Women Together event
Date: Sunday 24th February 2013 Time: 11:30am Location: Second Broughshane Presbyterian Church, 3 Raceview Road, Broughshane, Co. Antrim, BT42 4JL
Andrea speaking at Portrush Presbyterian Church
Date: Sunday, 24th February 2013 Time: 6:30pm Location: Portrush Presbyterian Church, Main Street, Portrush County Antrim, BT56 8BT
Evangelism amongst Muslims - special event
Fighting Sexual Exploitation
Date: 13th April 2013 Time: 9:30am - 4.15pm Location: St Aldate's Church, 40 Pembroke St, Oxford, OX1 1BP Speakers include: Jim Dobbin MP, Revd Lynda Rose (Voice for Justice CEO., member of House of Lords & House of Commons Family & Child Protection Group), Lisa Nolland (Voice for Justice, Anglican Mainstream) and Miranda Suit.
To book your place please fill out the online form available here.
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Voice for Justice UK is a Christian organisation campaigning for the full exposure and eradication of human trafficking, and provision for help and support for victims.
Push for Babies - Every One Special
Date: 27th April 2013 Time: 12pm to 2pm
In the last 45 years, since abortion was legalised, we’ve destroyed more "inconvenient" babies than the sum total of victims who went to the Death Camps in Nazi Germany. Voice for Justice UK and Christian Concern believe every child is special! Come and join our Push for Babies – Every One Special.
Event page >