Welcome to Christians on the Left - Politics, Christianity, Left Wing Politics, Renewal

Christians on the Left exists primarily to support, resource and network Christians involved on the left of politics in the UK, but we now also have members all over the world. Renewing Politics on the Left, fighting injustice, campaigning, praying and supporting Christians in Politics in the UK.

The last four years have been an exciting time of rapid growth with well over 2400 members, including 40+ MPs, peers and mayors, not to mention scores of local, borough and county councillors.

Christians on the Left announces nominations for Labour leader and deputy

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We are pleased to present statements from the candidates for Scottish Labour Deputy Leader here for you to read, the statements have also been sent to CotL members with a registered Scottish postal address:


You can read more about the elections and how you can be involved on the Scottish Labour Party website here:


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The Officers of Christians on the Left met in January and decided to nominate candidates for the positions of Leader and Deputy Leader of the Labour Party. The Officers voted unanimously to ballot our entire membership to determine the nominees. Christians on the Left was the first affiliated organisation to announce that it would ballot all members before nominating; not all affiliates are making nominations. Affiliated organisations include the 20 Socialist Societies (of which CotL is one) and the 12 Trade Unions. Other organisations such as Momentum have "endorsed" candidates but this is not part of the official selection process as these organisations have not affiliated with the Party.

Following the decision, Christians on the Left have engaged Civica Election Services (formerly Electoral Reform Services) to conduct the official ballot of CotL members from 24/01/20 - 07/02/20 with the results to be announced week commencing 10th February 2020. All members should have received an email with a link to the secure voting site from takepart@cesvotes.com - if you have not, please email the office immediately on info@christiansontheleft.org.uk with subject BALLOT.

To see Candidate Statements from the Leader & Deputy Leader Nominees Click Here

Many thanks to all the candidates for writing to our members in support of their nominations. We are pleased to present their statements here for you to read, the statements are also available to members via the secure voting site that is linked to in the members ballot email from CES.

Montage of Candidates for Labour Leader and Deputy Leader Roles


>> See our Roundup of Labour Party Conference 2019 <<
Christians on the Left Events at Labour Party Conference 2019 with Baroness Maeve Sherlock OBE, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Marsha de Cordova MP and others

Our primary identity is in Christ, not a political ideology, but the way we interpret the Bible inevitably leads us to “speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves”.

We stand against injustice in all its forms, on the side of poor and needy.

We believe that in his wisdom, God knows us better than we know ourselves, including our tendency towards selfishness as individuals and communities. So we believe that in the pattern of Biblical traditions such as Sabbath and Jubilee, our systems and structures should be ordered in a way that mitigates the inevitable trickle up of power and wealth towards the powerful and the wealthy. 

Wise boundaries simply protect us from ourselves and from exploiting fellow humans, not to mention the rest of creation. Any healthy individual or relationship needs boundaries, and so do nations and economies. They encourage behaviour that serves the common good. An economy must be the servant of the people, not its master. We stand against the attempted separation of family life from economic life.

But the change we seek cannot be engineered solely from outside the systems and structures of our world. We are a movement who believe that annoying as it may often be, politics matters. We do not have an option to opt out. For too long as believers we have been shouting from the sidelines rather than getting onto the pitch.

This leads Christians on the Left to be involved in many things: prayer, campaigning, standing for election to local, regional, national and European bodies, political theology and communication training, parliamentary events, local groups, written resources, neighbourhood service projects, lectures, and research.

If you'd like to get more involved, and you're not already a member, then you can join online here or contact us for a membership form.

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We believe it is vital for Christians to be involved in politics. It is only by showing up that we will change our world to better reflect the values of God's kingdom. The following videos were produced in partnership with Christians in Politics.

Renewing Politics on the Left, fighting injustice, campaigning, praying and supporting Christians in Politics in the UK.

Formerly the Christian Socialist Movement, formed in 1960.

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