Gillian Lee

Gillian Lee

Gillian has recently graduated with a degree in Geography and has a heart for the cultural, social and political issues that affect day to day life (as well as Jesus). While she has lived in London for the past few years, her hometown of Belfast will always be special to her. She is passionate about all things craft, and can often be found with a crochet hook. Combining faith, craft and activism is her lifelong ambition.

A small step towards justice

28 April 2021Media attention over the Xinjiang detention camps has increased since the pandemic as the scale of abuse has worsened. More information has been uncovered over the treatment of the Uyghur people and other ethnic and religious minorities in Xinjiang. Reports of torture, rape, sexual abuse, forced sterilisation, separation of families, organ harvesting, exploitation and humiliation of millions of people at the hands of officials have led to an outcry for justice. Religious belief is supposed to…

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Immigration proposals prioritise politics over people

21 April 2021The Home Office says in its proposals that it wants “an asylum system that helps the most vulnerable and is not openly gamed by economic migrants or exploited by people smugglers”. However, this demonstrates a misunderstanding of the issues they are trying to resolve and the principles upon which the system is built. The sensible proposals in the plan, including some around supporting victims of modern slavery, are undermined by two fundamental flaws to the approach. First, the proposals would…

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Upcoming elections in England: have your say

13 April 2021With election season fast approaching, we encourage you to get ready to have your say, as voting enables us to influence the important issues that affect us and those in our communities – from housing and policing to transport and the arts. Here’s an overview of the upcoming elections in England and the areas of public life that your vote would influence. (For the elections that are taking place in your area and a list of the candidates, click here.)

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Budget fails to lock in support for the most vulnerable

4 March 2021Rishi Sunak, the chancellor of the exchequer, has announced the budget proposals for the next year. This was one of the most anticipated announcements for thousands of businesses and millions of people across the UK following nearly a year of the coronavirus pandemic and millions of people concerned for their future livelihood. The UK economy is said to have faced its worst slump in three centuries: 700,000 people have lost their job in the past year, the economy dropped by 10 per cent, and…

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Respond to the Government’s consultation on early medical abortion

20 January 2021Last March, at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, temporary legislation was introduced to allow abortions to take place at home. Early medical abortion (EMA) consists of the administration of two sets of pills within the first 10 weeks of gestation. The first medication (Mifepristone) prevents continued development of the embryo and the second (Misoprostol) forces the expulsion of the embryo from the uterus. EMA accounts for the vast majority of abortions that occur in England and Wales,…

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What ethical issues does the COVID-19 vaccine raise?

16 December 2020However, questions around ethics have been raised, with different groups, including Christian communities, sharing concerns around development, testing and distribution and the implications on human life. With contrasting perspectives to navigate, it can be difficult to know what to think. The Evangelical Alliance recently hosted a webinar to explore the ethics of the vaccine. John Wyatt, professor of ethics and perinatology at University College London, Jennie Pollock, associate head of…

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Review of gambling laws announced

16 December 2020The Act covers a wide range of policies, with regulations on casinos, gaming machines, advertising and more, but understandably fails to factor in the technological advances that have taken place in the last decade. In 2005 no one could predict the prevalence of social media and smartphones, which today allows people to gamble 24/7 if they so desired. Current gambling legislation is centred around allowing people to spend their money how they choose whilst also ensuring that vulnerable people…

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Wide-ranging review of wedding ceremonies underway

18 November 2020The consultation notes that the current laws in England and Wales reflect customs and culture from the 18th century, when Anglican weddings were the norm and Jewish and Quaker weddings were the only exceptions. The aim of the consultation is to update wedding laws so that they are consistent with the rest of the UK and the world, in order to make getting married easier and more in line with the beliefs and traditions of the couple getting married. The proposed reforms aim to allow couples to…

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Government commits to appointing new envoy for religious freedom

28 October 2020This comes as welcome news for politicians and religious communities alike, as the report, produced in response to the persecution of religious minorities around the globe, revealed that a staggering 84 per cent of the world population live in areas where religious freedom is limited or banned, and many Christians are subject to severe violence and discrimination due to their faith. Lisa Cameron MP, SNP spokesperson in the debate, reminded the MPs present on Wednesday, 21 October, that “in…

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