• Persecuted Christians

    22 November 2017

    Dear Constituent

    Thank you for contacting me about persecuted Christians.
    I am pleased that the Red Wednesday campaign, which recognises all those who have been persecuted or killed for their religious beliefs, is fully endorsed by Parliament. For the second year running, Mr Speaker and the Lord Speaker have given their permission to light up the Palace in support of this important initiative.

    I also understand your concern for Christian communities around the world. Where freedom of religion or belief is under attack, other fundamental freedoms often face threat as well. The Government is motivated by deep concern for religious communities in the Middle East; and by a desire to stand shoulder to shoulder with all well-meaning parties.

    Ministers have stressed the importance of guaranteeing religious freedom when working with the Lebanese Government and the new Government in Iraq. Additionally, the Government is prioritising reaching the most vulnerable people across Syria, including Christians and those who have suffered from the ongoing violence, with its extensive aid programme.

    Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.

    Yours sincerely

    Mel Stride

    MP for Central Devon

    Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General