New Labour leader to speak at church service

By staff writers
September 23, 2016

The 2016 Labour Party conference will begin in Liverpool this weekend (24-25 September 2016) with a church service on Sunday morning, at which the newly elected leader will speak.

The service, which happens every year, brings together Members of Parliament, conference delegates and local worshippers.

With the result of the leadership election announced the previous day, the service will be one of the first engagements for the winning candidate. The Labour leader will address members of the congregation in a service which will focus on the plight of refugees and those who are persecuted.

The church service will be held at St James in the City, Upper Parliament Street, Liverpool at 9.15am. The preacher will be the Rev Malcolm Duncan, Chair of the Spring Harvest Christian conference. Other speakers will include Cat Smith MP, Zoe Smith (Open Doors), Paul Robinson (Reach International), and Christians on the Left Director Andy Flannagan.

For Christians on the Left, which runs the service on behalf of the Labour Party, the church service kicks off a week of meetings and fringe events at the Labour conference, examining issues such as tax, low pay, and homelessness.

Christians on the Left is also running a campaign against tax evasion which has been endorsed by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Conference delegates are being asked to answer the question, under the Twitter hashtag #patriotspaytax, 'What are you proud that your taxes are spent on?'  

Current leader Jeremy Corbyn replied "To ensure everyone gets healthcare and every child gets education!"

* Full details of Christians on the Left conference events can be found here :

* Details of the tax campaign, including image of Jeremy Corbyn with his tax answer can be found here:

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