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Now’s the time to act on gambling related harm

The statement, issued with the Church of England, the Baptist Union, the Methodist Church, the Church of Scotland, the United Reformed Church and Quaker Action on Alcohol and Drugs, comes as a review of laws in this area draws to a close. The Government are currently reviewing the 2005 Gambling Act…

25 March 2021
Danny Webster

The roots of good leadership

With nominations closing on Monday, 10 June, 11 candidates have already announced that they will definitely run and at least half a dozen are thought to be considering entering the contest. It is likely the field will thin out by the time of the first votes of the parliamentary party in mid-June,…

30 May 2019
Danny Webster

Far above politics

I’ve worked in parliament and politics for long enough to know that we should believe political pundits and experts when they declare that they have no idea what is coming next. Gone are the days of confident predictions and clear trajectories of political movement; we live in an environment with…

29 April 2019
Danny Webster

Speaking about the value of life in a confused society

It would seem as though we are not as comfortable with the continued normalisation of ending life before birth as is often portrayed. More than 100,000 people have signed a petition to protest a court’s judgment to end a pregnancy through force of law. Fortunately, the Court of Appeal has…

27 June 2019
Danny Webster

Crazy golf and the redemption of all things

Rochester Cathedral has attracted both criticism and praise for its decision to install a crazy golf course in its nave. An act of desecration declared one columnist, who also highlighted the helter-skelter at Norwich Cathedral. Journalists ran amok with pun-filled headlines “fairway to heaven”,…

1 August 2019
Danny Webster

Ethical foreign policy and recognising genocide

When the Labour Party swept to power in 1997, their foreign secretary, Robin Cook, took just two weeks to announce a major shift in how the government would approach foreign policy. After nearly two decades out of power, he said: “Our foreign policy must have an ethical dimension and must support…

20 January 2021
Danny Webster

Labour, Rabbi Mirvis and fearlessly speaking out

For many watching the interview, having heard the critique of anti-Semitism by a wide range of Jewish groups, it might be hard to understand why Mr Corbyn did not apologise. Instead, he insisted on his own virtue in standing against racism and his willingness to talk to Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis to…

28 November 2019
Danny Webster

Our ever-present hope

In challenging and uncomfortable times, this should bring comfort because we know that God is not fazed by the circumstances we are facing. We can look to history and remember that the church has navigated far more turbulent times in past. We can look to the church across the world which…

1 November 2019
Danny Webster

Sri Lanka attacks: grief-stricken but hope-filled

Because we needed rest, we opted for a more leisurely pace, with an extended beach stay, rather than the typical tourist itineraries. Due to seasonal monsoon cycles, we went to the east coast, just north of Batticaloa, where one of eight explosions in Sri Lanka targeted Christians as they attended…

25 April 2019
Danny Webster

Coronavirus: a Christ-centred response

Across the UK 85 cases had been confirmed as of Wednesday, 4 March. This is a relatively small number compared to the 80,000 so far confirmed in China and the further 10,000 in other countries around the world. It will probably never be known how accurate these figures are, with the BBC reporting…

5 March 2020
Danny Webster

Intergenerational church: let’s show the world how it’s done

Danny Webster is advocacy and media manager at the Evangelical Alliance.This week the Intergenerational Commission published its full report into fairness between different generations. Most publicised was the organisation's proposal to grant every 25-year-old a 'citizen's inheritance' of £10,000,…

18 May 2018
Danny Webster

Christian charity Cornerstone challenges Ofsted's discrimination rating

After receiving inspection results of ‘good’ in 2015 the charity’s fostering work was marked as ‘requires improvement’ in 2019 mainly due to its policy of only recruiting evangelical carers. The policy is in line with the Equality Act 2010, and allows the charity to provide a service to a…

20 May 2020
Danny Webster

The media have it wrong. Churches are not rushing to open their doors

This growing wave of opinion is missing one vital component: churches do not wish to reopen just yet. Don’t get me wrong, churches of every stripe are desperate to be able to meet again, to be able to congregate in a room and worship God, to grow as a body and be a visible witness to their…

19 May 2020
Danny Webster

Church in lockdown will continue until at least July

Many of the changes only apply to England and separate regulations stipulate the rules in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Each of the devolved administrations has reiterated that the ongoing message remains to stay at home and only minor amendments have been made to the regulations, for…

12 May 2020
Danny Webster

Prayer is not private

First, the move presupposes that what they are now allowing is a meaningful accommodation of religious practice, and, second, the very phrase ‘private prayer’ reinforces the public-private divide. The decisions for the other nations of the UK are being taken separately by each devolved…

11 June 2020
Danny Webster