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Over 70 MPs attend launch!

January 26, 2015

Last week in Parliament, at least 74 MPs attended the launch of our latest report, Freedom of Religion and the Persecution of Christians, highlighting the scale and severity of persecution faced by Christians around the world. Jim Shannon MP and Stephen Pound MP both commented on the large number of MPs present, while Angie Bray MP called the event ‘brilliant’ and ‘inspiring’.

MPs shocked

MPs heard from Dr. Ron Boyd-MacMillan (Director of Strategic Trends and Research for Open Doors International) and FCO Minister for Human Rights Baroness Anelay, as well as Nigerian Pastor Rev Daniel Awayi, who described life in the shadow of Boko Haram. Many left shocked by the fact that the persecution of Christians has become more intense in more countries around the world; this global crisis is finally starting to get the level of attention it needs.

Thank you

We are absolutely delighted by the response we had to the report launch, and this wouldn’t have been possible without the help of our supporters! Since we launched our campaign in November, over 6,000 of you sent an invitation to your MP, urging them to attend, and we know many of you have been praying for the event as well – thank you!

What’s next?

We’d love to build on yesterday’s success and ensure that the persecution of Christians continues to get the attention it deserves – so we need to ask for your help once again. Here are a few things you can do now to help us keep the momentum going.

  • Find out if your MP was at the meeting and send them a thank you note
  • Below is a list of MPs who were present. This is by no means a comprehensive list, so if your MP said they would come and they aren’t on this list, it’s very possible that they did – please send them a note of thanks anyway, we may just have missed them!
  • Pray that Parliament will keep the issue of religious freedom on the agenda
  • We know that many of you were praying for the meeting, asking God to open the hearts and minds of politicians present, and your prayers were certainly answered – to give just two examples, Wayne David MP described the event as ‘powerful’, while Nigel Dodds MP said it was ‘moving’.

Please pray…

  • Praise God for answering so many prayers – that many MPs attended the report launch, and that there was real engagement with the issues being presented
  • That those who attended the report launch will continue to consider the issue of freedom of religion and belief around the world, and will do what they can to defend this basic human right
  • That those MPs who were unable to attend the report launch will still read our report and be moved by the issues raised.

MPs who attended

Naomi Long MP
Harriett Baldwin MP
Mark Hunter MP
Alistair Carmicheal MP
Rehman Chishti MP
Graham Brady MP
David Rutley MP
Tom Brake MP
Robert Flello MP
Jim Shannon MP
James Paice MP
Tony Cunningham MP
Fiona O’Donnell MP
Neil Carmichael MP
Clive Efford MP
Andrew George MP
Andy Sawford MP
Jeffrey Donaldson MP
Gordon Marsdem MP
Angie Bray MP
Kerry McCarthy MP
David Burrowes MP
Nigel Dodds MP
Glyn Davies MP
Annette Brooke MP
Fiona Bruce MP
Nigel Evans MP
Damian Green MP
Adrian Sanders MP
John Hemming MP
David Ward MP
Ann McKechin MP
Steve McCabe MP
Richard Burden MP
Mike Weir MP
Mike Kane MP
John Baron MP
Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP
Duncan Hames MP
Robin Walker MP
Alec Shelbrooke MP

Philip Hollobone MP
Rt Hon James Arbuthnot MP
Gavin Barwell MP
Caroline Flint MP
Stephen Pound MP
Sarah Newton MP
Steve Baker MP
Russell Brown MP
Sandra Osborne MP
Lady Sylvia Hermon MP
John Howell MP
Eleanor Laing MP
Rt Hon Sir Gerald Kaufman MP
Simon Wright MP
Stephen Lloyd MP
Caroline Nokes MP
Wayne David MP
Steve Brine MP
Iain McKenzie MP
Rt Hon Jenny Willott MP
Jesse Norman MP
Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP
Richard Fuller MP
Mark Lazarowicz MP
David Anderson MP
Jim Cunningham MP
Brian H. Donohoe MP
Frank Roy MP
Jason McCartney MP
Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP
Sir Edward Leigh MP
James Clappison MP
Henry Smith MP
Gary Streeter MP (Sent a Representative)
John Glen MP (Sent a Representative)
Nick de Bois MP (Sent a Representative)
Sir Oliver Heald MP (Sent a Representative)
Sir Gerald Howarth MP(Sent a Representative)
Dame Anne Begg MP (Sent a Representative)
Rt Hon John Hayes MP (Sent a Representative)
Mike Freer MP (Sent a Representative)
Mark Garnier MP (Sent a Representative)

We support people who are beaten, tortured,
imprisoned, falsely accused, and hated simply for following Jesus.