Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer writes in the Labour Party’s Churches Update:
I want to wish you all a happy Christmas. As we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ we are reminded of the values of Christianity: generosity, kindness and hope. These values have shone through these last two years. At a time when people need solace and support, churches have been a beacon for this country and a source of great inspiration for us all.
I have seen first-hand the work churches have done. The Christian community has shown compassion and a commitment to protect the most vulnerable in our society. Up and down the country, churches scaled up food bank operations to meet the rising level of food poverty. You have opened your church halls and turned them into vaccine centres. You have gone the extra mile to support isolated neighbours, you have pastored your communities and you have helped a traumatised nation to grieve. So, I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you.
As we look to the future, I know the Christian community will be at the heart of the recovery. Rebuilding a fairer country to tackle the inequalities and injustices Covid has so brutally exposed. Combating the climate emergency through community action and campaigning. Leading the fight against global poverty. Thank you for all the work you do by putting your faith into action. I hope this Christmas season you experience renewed joy and peace through the love of family, friends, and community. Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.
Sir Keir Starmer