Christians on the LeftMarch 11th, 2018
My faith was born in the crucible of political turbulence. Mum was from the Fountain Estate in Loyalist West Londonderry – a community that endured decades of IRA siege during the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Dad was from the West Cumberland Coalfield. My earliest political memory was the miners’ strike. When Mrs. Thatcher referred to the striking miners as the “enemy within” my seven year old self sincerely believed that included me. In the midst of this turbulence, my relatives lived quiet, dignified and respectable lives. But as a small child, I equated this respectability with the Christian faith.
Encountering Jesus in scripture’s pages turned this on its head. Here, I met a radical Jesus who taught that we should love our enemies. A Jesus who reached out to the people society rejected – like the Samaritan woman and the tax collector. Christians on the Left stands proudly in this tradition –and on the shoulders of the Levellers, Diggers, Chartists and Tolpuddle Martyrs. With the rise of the Populist Right, this tradition has never been more needed. Only a Politics of Love can defeat the Politics of Hatred. That is why I am standing for the Christians on the Left Executive.
I am Vice Chair of North East Herts CLP and Labour Business. I stood for parliament in Hitchin & Harpenden in 2015 and I have stood for local council several times. But above all, I am a campaigner and am happiest talking to voters on Labour Doorstep