A selection of stories from today's press and other media that relate to Ekklesia's work, produced daily by James Vincent and covering papers such as The Times, Daily Telegraph, Independent, Guardian, and the tabloids.
Economy & Politics
Speaker John Bercow reveals plan for revived House of Commons
John Bercow, the Speaker of the Commons, today admitted to being embarrassed by the tiny number of MPs attending the chamber during debates of national and international significance.
'Charities will bear brunt of cuts in public sector,' says Dame Suzi
Charities will struggle to fill the gaps left by public service cuts, Dame Suzi Leather, the chair of the Charity Commission warned yesterday, suggesting that vulnerable groups could see vital facilities axed.
Now MPs get taxpayer-funded loans of £240k
MPs have received more than £240,000 in taxpayer-funded interest-free loans and advances in the last four weeks.
Labour squeeze Diane Abbott into race for leadership
Diane Abbott scraped into the Labour leadership contest yesterday thanks to a last-minute surge of support orchestrated by front-runner David Miliband.
Comment: It's time the select committee system grew up
Committees are no place for those scared to step on the toes of political superiors – MPs electing the chair is a real step forward.
Comment: Time to wave a cash-free goodbye to expense cheat MPs
There is a mood - among both the electorate and the MPs - of wanting to ‘move on’ from the saga of MPs expenses.
Religion & Society
First woman to lead Friday prayers in UK
A Canadian author will become the first Muslim-born woman to lead a mixed-gender British congregation through Friday prayers tomorrow in a highly controversial move that will attempt to spark a debate about the role of female leadership within Islam.
Jesus ultrasound picture used in campaign
An ultrasound picture of Jesus in the womb - complete with halo - is to be used for a Christmas advertising campaign.
Comment: Belief news roundup
Muslim prisoners; the plight of RE; the archbishop's sermon to parliament and football as virtue ethics.
Comment: A boost to women-friendly mosques
A report launched today lists those mosques best at catering to the needs of women. It's an important and empowering step.
Comment: The religious right vs Comedy Central
The professionally offended strike again: this time with campaign against JC, a show about Jesus that hasn't even been written.
People & Power
Comment: We must not forget those imprisoned in Iran
One year after the mass protests in Iran, Amnesty is launching a report highlighting those who remain in jail, writes Kate Allen.
Comment: Iran's tortured Green movement is down but not out. We can still help
One harrowing year since the stolen election, the people of Iran need the world's attention to go beyond the nuclear issue.
Comment: Prince Charles views on crisis of soul are pure mumbo-jumbo
Prince Charles’s colourful lamentations on anything from modern architecture to medical science are a constant of public life. But his diagnosis that the West faces a “crisis of the soul” is a case apart.
Globalisation & Development
Prince of Wales calls for population control in developing world
The Prince of Wales has called for greater population control in the developing world and hailed the success of “family planning services” in some countries.
Barack Obama announces $400m aid package to Gaza
President Barack Obama said today the US would send $400m of aid to the Palestinian territories following 10 days of international focus on Gaza, which Israel has blockaded for more than three years.
Life & Death
Visitors urged to ‘play it safe’ with World Cup condom giveaway
A group of South African hoteliers is to distribute 160,000 free condoms to urge World Cup guests to “play it safe”.
Desire for an assisted death should be respected
Those against assisted dying use fear to defend the status quo, but changing the law will do more to protect vulnerable people.
Peace & War
Israel eases blockade by letting in extra food items
Israel has eased its regime for food imports to Gaza, allowing foods like a range of herbs, biscuits, jam, potato crisps, packaged hummus and canned fruits which had been banned from entering the territory from Israel for three years.
Iran defiant as nuclear bid is hit by sanctions
Iran defied the rest of the world last night after the UN Security Council agreed “tough” new measures to punish the rogue state for its suspected secret bid to build an atomic bomb.
Ecology & Environment
'Follow the Islamic way to save the world,' Prince Charles urges environmentalists
Prince Charles yesterday urged the world to follow Islamic 'spiritual principles' in order to protect the environment.
Education & Culture
Students face higher fees as minister speaks of ‘unsustainable burden’
The universities minister has indicated that undergraduates may soon have to pay higher tuition fees.
Race & Identity
David Cameron defends deportation of failed Iraqi asylum seekers
David Cameron today defended the deportation of failed Iraqi asylum seekers from Britain as a charter plane carrying them headed towards Baghdad.
Sex & Gender
Comment: UN plays a vital role in gender equality, but so do we all
Despite a fractured approach to gender issues the UN has made progress in an area where we all have moral responsibilities.