News Brief

  • July 12, 2016

    The United Reformed Church will let local churches host marriages of same-sex couples, if congregations so choose .

  • July 12, 2016

    The United Nations envoy dealing with disaster risk reduction has launched a new multi-year campaign that aims to reduce disaster losses, improve management of disaster risk, and save lives.

  • July 12, 2016

    Christian Aid has called for a Climate COBRA Committee to handle the risks posed by global warming revealed in a new report from the Government’s official advisors on climate change.

  • July 11, 2016

    The Methodist Conference has elected the Rev Loraine N Mellor to be President and Jill Baker to be Vice-President. Both will start their year of office when the Representative Session of the Methodist Conference meets in Birmingham on 24 June 2017.

  • July 11, 2016

    The World Council of Churches (WCC) has offered prayers for peace in the USA while condemning acts of violence in recent days that have shocked the nation and people around the world.

  • July 10, 2016

     David Cameron has announced that the long-anticipated parliamentary vote on the replacement of Trident will take place on Monday 18 July 2016.

  • July 10, 2016

    The General Assembly of the United Reformed Church (URC) has voted in favour of allowing its local churches to conduct and register marriages for same-sex couples. This means that the URC is now the largest UK denomination to freely permit the celebration and registration of marriages of same-sex couple in its churches.

  • July 9, 2016

    Parliament’s Home Affairs Committee has condemned the Government for the secrecy surrounding the approval of overseas police training, saying the current policy to guard against the human rights risks of such training may not be “fit for purpose.”

  • July 8, 2016

    One hundred years after the British Government was the first in the world to legalise the right of conscientious objection to military service, a Bill to extend this right into the tax system is being introduced to Parliament by Ruth Cadbury MP, herself a descendent of WW1 conscientious objectors affected by the 1916 clause.

  • July 8, 2016

    The idea of paying social security benefits via a prepaid card has been popular in certain political circles for some time.