Chair 2012-2016

Stephen Timms

Stephen Timms MP was elected Chair of Christians on the Left (then the Christian Socialist Movement) in 2012, succeeding Alun Michael. In 2016 Stephen stepped down and Jonathan Reynolds MP was elected.

I am Stephen Timms, the Member of Parliament for East Ham and the Shadow Employment Minister.  I am also the Labour Party’s Faith Envoy.

I grew up in Hampshire and became a Christian as a teenager.  Whilst at University, with other Christian Union members, I volunteered one summer to help on a mission based at a small gospel hall in Forest Gate, East London.  After graduating in 1978, I moved to the area, joined a church which had been planted by the mission team and also joined the Labour Party.  I became Council Leader in 1990.

I was elected to the House of Commons in a by-election in 1994.  Since 2010 I have had the largest majority in the House of Commons.  I believe that faith is a great starting point for politics, because it inspires the values that make politics work: responsibility, solidarity, patience, compassion, truthfulness and tolerance.

I want Christians on the Left to build strong links between the Labour Party and Christians who are worried about increasing poverty in their community.

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