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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Labour National Youth Policy Conference 2017

As a Christians on the Left member and contributor, and current university student, I was pleased to represent CotL as the delegate to the Labour Party’s National Youth Policy Conference, hosted by Young Labour at the University of Warwick last weekend.

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The Director's thoughts... From a field

I am writing to you from a field in deepest Somerset.

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Conference 2017 Fringe Events


We are delighted to be running a full programme of events at the annual Labour Party Conference in Brighton this September 24th-27th. As long-standing members will know, our "Fringe" events are anything but, with many of them drawing large numbers of conference attendees as well as many viewers online. Watch out for our Live Feed and reports from Conference this September!

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"Robin Hood Tax" Report Launch Event with the Labour Party

Christians on the Left supports the introduction of the "Robin Hood Tax" or an FTT (Financial Transaction Tax) and has worked in Partnership with the Robin Hood Tax Campaign for many years.Labour_Rose.png

Today, Tuesday July 18th saw the release of a milestone report in the campaign for an FTT that would benefit the whole of the UK. John McDonnell MP, the Shadow Chancellor was there to introduce Professor Avinash Persaud (author of the report) along with Jonathan Reynolds MP, Shadow City Minister and Chair of Christians on the Left. Daniel May-Miller and Andy Flannagan were also there from CotL to find out and report on what all the excitement was about...

Download and Read the full, easily digestible report here. Surprisingly well written, with depth and detail on how and why the tax will work, yet understandable by almost anyone.

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Abortion: An Adult Conversation?

The issue of abortion and crisis pregnancy more generally has been back in the news in the last few weeks. In the midst of the inflammatory language and virtue signalling from both sides of the debate it is sometimes difficult to have an adult conversation about the issue. This means for many of us, our understanding of such a complex subject is fairly superficial. Christians on the Left is curating the thoughts of some of our members and referencing some hopefully helpful background reading.

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Responding to terror

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the recent terrorist attacks in London and Manchester, and with their friends and families. Such acts of violence are designed to strike fear in our hearts but instead, as has been so evident, they have the effect of emphasising our common humanity and increasing our resolve.

These have been attacks on our way of life too – on our democracy and tolerance of different views. The General Election has many people of different faiths standing as candidates, across the political spectrum. This is something to be celebrated, and stands in stark contrast to the extremist views of those who have taken lives in the name of faith.


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