Times: Religion helps shape public policy says Government minister Stephen Timms

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Religion is important in shaping public policy and religious groups are helping build “a new politics based on hope” according to Government minister Stephen Timms.

Mr Timms, financial secretary to the Treasury and Labour’s vice-chair for faith groups, said the faith communities had always been the “natural allies” of progressive politics.

Sounding the final death knell for Alistair Campbell’s statement that Labour does not “do God”, Mr Timms made it clear that he did not believe religion is dying out and said faith groups have a lot to offer government.

He was speaking on the day that new research from Christian charity Tearfund showed churchgoing making “significant” increases after years of decline.

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