Jeremy Corbyn declares support for our Sunday campaign

Jeremy Corbyn, the newly elected Labour leader, has announced his support for the campaign to change Sunday trading laws. At the Labour Party's church service, he wrote about his ideal Sunday, part of a campaign organised by Christians on the Left. Mr Corbyn wrote: "My ideal Sunday is a day of reflection and rest - everybody deserves that!"

Mr Corbyn received a warm welcome at the church service at One Church Brighton, which was attended by Labour Party conference delegates and local worshippers. He spoke about the importance of understanding faith and engaging with faith groups. Members of the congregation applauded when he spoke in support of refugees and the decision by BBC's Songs of Praise to broadcast from Calais.

The newly elected leader said he wanted to have a longer conversation with Christian groups on common campaign areas. He supported campaigning by groups such as Tear Fund, Christian Aid, and CAFOD, against climate change, which was the theme of the service. Some members and MPs joined a vigil on the beach after the service to reflect on the impact of climate change on the world's poor.

The church service, organised by Christians on the Left, marked the beginning of a busy conference week for Labour Party delegates at a time when the Party has seen a significant increase in its membership. Christians on the Left, the organisation for Christians in the Labour Partyalso ran a number of events at the conference.

These included:
A prayer breakfast to reflect on the persecuted church, especially in the Middle East
A seminar onf welfare and justice
A seminar entitled "What should Labour say about immigration?"


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