MP backs calls to tackle terror in religion

MP Gordon Marsden at his office in South Shore.
MP Gordon Marsden at his office in South Shore.
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Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden has been backing motions in Parliament highlighting the threats to faith communities, particularly Christian ones, and religious freedom in Ukraine and Iraq.

He has signed two Early Day Motions (34 and 35), which draw attention to the 150 evangelical churches in Eastern Ukraine which have come under pressure during recent conflict on the Russian border, as well as noting the one million Iraqi Christians who have been displaced by the terrorist actions of Islamic State and threatened with death for their religious beliefs.

Mr Marsden said: “It’s vital that we recognise in Parliament, just as I know many Blackpool churches, faith groups and local campaigners are well aware, that in many parts of the world being a Christian and being members of a minority faith group can be very dangerous.

“Our responsibilities extend to protecting the ability of these people to practice their faith freely and without punishment, regardless of where they reside.

“We need to make sure the British Government takes strong action to work with the Ukrainian and Russian Governments, and is robust in challenging Islamic State in Iraq, to put an end to these frightening incidents of people being persecuted for their beliefs.

“Just as we protect the rights of minority faiths in this country we must be equally vigilant in protecting the rights of Christians and other faiths abroad.”

EDMs are a means of MPs registering their support for a particular campaign or opinion, and often gain support across the political spectrum.