Christian Choice mayoral candidate Alan Craig has pledged to work with churches in the capital to tackle deprivation.
Addressing a hustings in Kilburn Cllr Craig promised to tackle anti-Christian prejudice by launching a Church Social Action Fund which he said would give match funding through the London Development Agency to churches undertaking social action work.
Cllr Craig said “All across London, Christian churches and Christian people are working hard to help the poor and vulnerable. Churches and church groups are often the most active and effective groups reaching out to those in need in any community. Yet Churches
rarely receive the support they need from the London Assembly or from local
boroughs. There is an inbuilt prejudice in the system, especially against Christians.”
He also pledged to bring a Christian presence into the London Assembly commenting “In the Houses of Parliament there is a Christian chaplain and every sitting begins with a Bible Reading and Christian prayer. But in the London Assembly, there is no recognition of God in any of its practises. I want this to change.
“I believe every sitting of the Assembly should begin with Christian prayer, as they do in
Westminster. We would like these prayers to seek God’s mercy and wisdom for London.
Our young people of faith would be invited, individually, from all over the city, to come and
pray for our capital’s leaders, before they start the business of every Assembly day.”
“I also want to be open to hear from our faith leaders by holding regular meetings with
them at City Hall.”