Danny Webster

Danny Webster

Danny joined the Evangelical Alliance in 2008 and has held a range of roles in the advocacy team. He currently leads the advocacy team's work across the UK including public policy work an engagement with the parliaments and assemblies, and respective governments. Before working for the Evangelical Alliance, Danny, who has degrees in politics and political philosophy, worked in parliament for an MP. Danny is passionate about encouraging Christians to integrate their faith with all areas of their life, especially when it comes to helping them take on leadership outside the church, and helped initiate the Evangelical Alliance's Public Leadership programme. He frequently provides comment on current political issues, both in Evangelical Alliance publications and to the press.

Equipped to live for Jesus at work

27 September 2022Living for Jesus at work, a new resource suite from the Evangelical Alliance and the Lawyers’ Christian Fellowship, seeks to equip Christians in this task. From factory workers to corporate lawyers, from paramedics to pharmacists, Christians have opportunities to speak Jesus into their world of work, but also challenges as they seek to do so. These resources bring together advice, guidance and wisdom to help on the way. The increasing number of enquiries from Christians looking for support and…

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The next Prime Minister must restore trust in public life

13 July 2022Following the announcement that Boris Johnson is stepping down as leader of the Conservative Party, the race is on for his replacement, both as party leader and as Prime Minister. Twelve candidates initially announced that they were putting themselves forward for the position. But the speed of the election process means that by 21 July this will be whittled down to a final two candidates, selected by Conservative MPs. The wider party membership will then vote over the summer for their choice…

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Freedom of religion and belief must be a mainstream issue, it cannot be ignored or overlooked

7 July 2022At the International Ministerial Conference on Freedom of Religion or Belief, governments committed to work towards preventing abuse and to promote and protect religious freedom. The event brought together representatives from more than a hundred countries, with many government ministers and diplomats present. Alongside the main conference sessions focused on prevention, promotion and protection, events took place on the side-lines, many profiling places where Christians suffer severe…

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Gambling review: A critical opportunity for the government to address gambling harm

1 July 2022The Evangelical Alliance has long worked for gambling laws that protect those most vulnerable and most likely to suffer damaging consequences. The current framework regulating gambling was passed into law in 2005, and we have been involved since long before that. We campaigned against proposals for super casinos, which were ditched at the last minute. We pressed the government to address the problem of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals, where players could lose thousands of pounds in one session –…

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How ambitious was the Queen’s Speech?

11 May 2022Levelling up One key piece of legislation that will shortly be introduced to parliament is the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill. This will pass into law some of the measures the government has already committed to, and will likely also include proposals to reform the planning system and give local councils more powers. While this is part of a strategy to address economic disparities across the UK, the measures are part of longer-term plans and will not make an immediate impact on the…

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Could tweeting Bible verses land you in jail?

8 April 2022As a result, she was investigated under the Finnish Criminal Code for the offence of “ethnic agitation” which could result in imprisonment for up to two years. The investigation by the prosecutors also drew in a pamphlet that she had written in 2004 on human sexuality for a Christian foundation. The police had planned to drop the charges but the state prosecutor reopened the case. Räsänen was charged in April 2021 and the case came to court in January 2022. Alongside the Finnish MP, Bishop…

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Confusion over government conversion therapy plans

1 April 2022ITV News reported that the Prime Minister had taken a decision not to press ahead with a legislative ban on conversion therapy for England and Wales, after a consultation process earlier this year. This was confirmed by a government spokesperson, but later the same evening came news that the government had had a further change of view and would now be banning conversion therapy relating to sexual orientation but not transgender identity. This update also noted that the Prime Minister wanted to…

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Families and churches called on to home Ukrainians fleeing the war

14 March 2022The new scheme enables anyone to offer a room or a house to people fleeing the war, with some scrutiny expected to ensure both those offering their homes and those seeking accommodation do not abuse the scheme. Hosts are expected to nominate a named person or family that they are offering their accommodation to, however, organisations and government are likely to play a role in managing the process. People travelling from Ukraine to the UK on this visa scheme will have leave to remain in the UK…

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Living with Covid?

23 February 2022With almost immediate effect, all the rules in England relating to what happens if someone tests positive for Covid will be removed and replaced with advice for how to manage the illness. This means that as well as individuals not being required by law to isolate, those who live with them will not have to take daily tests (or be required to isolate if not vaccinated). Alongside this, contact tracing will end, and as a result you will not have to test or isolate if you have been in contact with…

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Conversion therapy: Ending abuse while enabling support

28 January 2022The UK government are in the final week of consulting on proposals that will affect England and Wales, in Scotland a parliamentary committee has recently published a report calling for a ban, and in Northern Ireland proposals are expected later this year.

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Garden parties and rules that apply to other people

11 January 2022On 20 May that year I was a little distracted as I was driving my wife to hospital for the second time that day. Earlier I had to wait in a corridor while she was assessed and we were then sent home. The following morning my daughter was born and when she was two hours old, I said goodbye to her and my wife as they went into the ward for the next two days. It was Oliver Dowden MP leading the briefing that day, and he encouraged the public to only meet (outdoors) one person not in their…

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