*** DEBUG END ***

Corbyn hails ‘invaluable’ work of churches

23 September 2019


Jeremy Corbyn at the Labour Conference on Sunday

Jeremy Corbyn at the Labour Conference on Sunday

CHURCHES have an “invaluable” role to play in society, the leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, said on Sunday.

Mr Corbyn was speaking during a church service organised by Christians on the Left at One Church, Brighton, at the start of Labour’s conference. The service marked Freedom Sunday, a global church campaign against modern slavery and human trafficking.

Mr Corbyn said of faith communities and faith organisations: “They play a key role in welcoming refugees — helping them to settle in our country and rebuild their lives — as well as advocating for their rights and in favour of inclusion and solidarity, not exclusion and division.”

He continued: “The work that Christians and all church and faith communities across the UK do is invaluable to so many.

“The way in which you stand against injustice in all its forms, and support the poor and the needy, represents the very best of the Christian faith.”

Other speakers at the service included Marsha de Cordova, the Labour MP for Battersea, and the chair of Christians on the Left, Jonathan Reynolds, who represents Stalybridge and Hyde.

Mr Corbyn said: “Isaiah 1.17 reads ‘Seek justice. Defend the oppressed.’ This message is close to my heart as leader of the Labour Party, and any Labour government that I lead will have global justice at its heart and we will seek justice for all and defend the oppressed at home and abroad — be they refugees, victims of human trafficking and modern slavery, or those living in poverty. . .

“I thank Christian and other faith communities and faith organisations for the work they do in our communities supporting the vulnerable and oppressed, and my message to you is that the values of solidarity, loving our neighbours, unity in our communities and seeking justice at home and abroad are the values that we hold dear in the Labour Party and will continue to do so.”

He also praised the former Bishop of Dover, the Rt Revd Trevor Willmott, for speaking out on language used to describe refugees, and said that he expected “our good friend” Prebendary Rose Hudson-Wilkin, who will be the next Bishop of Dover, to do the same in the future.

Browse Church and Charity jobs on the Church Times jobsite

Forthcoming Events

Green Church Awards

Awards Ceremony: 6 September 2024

Read more details about the awards


Festival of Preaching

15-17 September 2024

The festival moves to Cambridge along with a sparkling selection of expert speakers

tickets available



Festival of Faith and Literature

28 February - 2 March 2025

The festival programme is soon to be announced sign up to our newsletter to stay informed about all festival news.

Festival website


ViSIt our Events page for upcoming and past events 

Most Popular

Past Week
Past Month

Welcome to the Church Times


To explore the Church Times website fully, please sign in or subscribe.

Non-subscribers can read four articles for free each month. (You will need to register.)