Christians on the Left Officers Commend All Members Ballot for Labour Leadership


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.

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A Statement from our Executive Officers

Yesterday, our the Officers of our Executive Committee published this statement:

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The Time is Now for action on Climate Change

As Christians, we seek to put our faith into action by loving and caring for our neighbours and the earth, our common home. But right now, both are threatened by climate change.

Urgent action is needed to protect God’s creation as we know it. Will you join the mass lobby in Westminster, London on 26 June and tell MPs that it’s time to act on climate change?

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Press Release

We continue to fight for and promote a better, kinder politics: one where we can have respectful conversations with those we disagree with. We continue to fight for and promote a united Labour Party and we continue to fight for and promote a Labour Government that will invest rather than withdraw, ending austerity and working in the best interests of our entire nation.

Media Statement:

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The CotL Political Mentoring Programme 2018-2019

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Christians on the Left Statement on Anti-semitism

Statement from Christians on the Left.

IMG-20180326-WA0006.jpgAs Christians on the Left, we believe that anti-semitic, xenophobic, racist and other personal attacks, behaviours and attitudes are absolutely unacceptable.

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Tawney Dialogue 2018 Great Success

Angela Rayner MP

Members and guests were touched and impressed by a very personal and unexpectedly moving contribution from Angela Rayner MP at Christians on the Left event "The Tawney Dialogue 2018" this March.


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Baroness Brenda Dean 1943 - 2018

Brenda Dean died suddenly last week at the age of 74, and many in Christians on the Left will miss her. While Baroness Dean is remembered for her roles in trade unionism, housing and education, she was also a key supporter of the Christian Socialist Movement, the organisation's name prior to renaming in 2013 as Christians on the Left (CotL). Brenda was active mainly in the 90's but was still faithfully Chairing the CSM Trust when I became Director in 1999. I remember her as a friendly, no nonsense, down to earth practical person - keen to help and support the causes she believed in. I shared the sadness of many on the news of her passing.

Brenda stepped up to support the thousands of Christians who joined Labour and CSM after the General Election defeat of 1992. She was a key ally to then CSM Director, David Cairns, former Greenock & Inverclyde MP, who described a time when 1,000 CSM applications arrived in one week. Brenda, who had been ennobled in 1993, was one of the many Labour politicians who supported CSM at that time. 

Brenda was a trade unionist first and foremost, becoming active in her workplace at the young age of 16. She became President of the print union SOGAT in 1983 and was its General Secretary from 1985. That election made her the first woman to lead a major craft or industrial union. CSM archives at Sarum College contain a message from Brenda to the Movement in March 1994 and she supported the CSM lent appeal in 1995. When I worked with Brenda in the late 90's, she was still as committed as ever to the cause of Christian values in Labour politics.

We thank God for the life and work of Brenda Dean and our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends at this difficult time.

Brenda Dean, Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde, (29 April 1943 – 13 March 2018).


Graham Dale, Director of CSM, 1999-2004


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Hope for the Middle East

Last week, Christians on the Left were invited by Open Doors to a Parliamentary Reception to learn more about their ‘Hope for the Middle East’ campaign.

Since the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011 and the rise of ISIS in Iraq in 2014, Christians have been among the millions driven from their home by conflict... And yet, the persecution of Christians in the middle east is not new.

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New Christians on the Left Director, Louise Davies

2017 held more than a few surprises and upsets politically.

We were sad to wave goodbye to Andy Flannagan as our Director at the Labour Party Conference, but it is with a sense of excitement for a new season that we welcome Louise Davies, who starts this week as our new Director. Andy is not leaving us altogether, as he of course remains a committed member and we are sure we will continue to benefit from his input and wisdom!

Louise has been a part of our political mentoring programme for 2017 so has become well known to some of our members over this time. Here's some more from Louise on why she is excited about the next season for Christians on the Left:

For a number of years I felt the call of God to enter into politics. Having been part of the Senior Leadership Team at Hope City Church Sheffield, in 2013 I was released to pursue this call. However, I am still active in my church and I am part of the church’s preaching team, travelling extensively across its 12 locations.

Since leaving the Senior Leadership Team of Hope City, I have developed a large network of political contacts, stood as a candidate, worked for a Shadow Minister, and I am currently the Chair of my Sheffield Heeley CLP. I have given myself fully to this challenge and shall continue to work with my local CLP as I embark on this new role.

I have always been proud to be a member of Christians on the Left. Andy and the Exec have done an incredible work of building the profile of the organisation and it is a privilege to take this work to forwards. I trust that together we can continue to empower Christians not only to deepen their relationship with God but also to enter the political arena.

Our Chair Jonathan Reynolds MP said "I'm delighted that Louise is joining us to continue the fantastic work Andy has done for CotL over the last 9 years. She has a huge amount of experience in business, politics, and faith communities and I am very excited about what the future holds for Christians on the Left."

We're not letting Louise stand still for long, with her first meetings with the executive and trip to Parliament already in place this week! You'll be hearing directly from her very soon, once we let her sit still long enough to get her feet under a desk...



Dr Andy Flannagan, Louise Davies and Jonathan Reynolds MP

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