Party Conference Reports

Every year leaders of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, Methodist Church and United Reformed Church, together with the Salvation Army and Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), attend the Liberal Democrat, Labour and Conservative Party Conferences.

The aim is to meet with Christians and politicians from the three parties, to convey the current concerns of the Churches, and to demonstrate support for people who serve the public through political life.


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  • Download the Public Issues Calendar for 2016

    The Public Issues Calendar dates are available for download. Click the link below to access the important dates to put in your diary for this year. Calendar dates 2016

  • The Free Churches’ Visits to the 2015 Party Conferences

    For over ten years, the Free Churches Delegation of The Methodist Church, United Reformed Church, Baptist Union of Great Britain, Salvation Army and Quakers has attended the autumn Party Conferences. These are opportunities to meet MPs and Peers, discuss issues of deep concern to our denominations, participate in fringe events and support Christians within the parties. But the ...

  • Free Church Leaders at the Liberal Democrat Conference 2014

    October saw the Free Church leaders in Glasgow for the conference of the Liberal Democrats, the final of their party conference visits in 2014. Their schedule was a busy one, but if the day was exhausting it was also very worthwhile. A well-attended prayer breakfast hosted by the Lib Dem Christian Forum began the day. Here the ...

  • The Free Churches Visit the Conservative Party Conference 2014

    After a productive visit to the Labour Conference in Manchester last week, the Free Churches delegation continued its Conference season by travelling to Birmingham to meet with the Conservatives. The last party conferences before a general election are traditionally opportunities for the Government to defend its record and for the Opposition to challenge the Government and ...

  • Five (church leaders) go to Manchester! (Labour 2014)

    It’s party conference season again.  And this morning, amongst the party faithful, the media scrum and the armies of campaigners and consultants, you would have seen five leaders of the Free Churches joining the Labour Party conference in Manchester. For over ten years, five denominations – the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church, the Quakers, ...

  • Churches’ Delegation At The Conservative Party Conference (2013)

    Coming at the end of a busy Conference season, the Free Churches delegation spoke with MPs at the Conservative Party Conference on 1 October. David Burrowes MP with Ruth Gee, President of the Methodist Conference, Jane Dawson, Advocacy and Public Relationship Lead for the Quakers, and John Ellis, Moderator of the United Reformed Church Church leaders spoke ...

  • At the Labour Party Conference (2013)

    Church leaders spoke about their commitment to paying the Living Wage and encouraged the Shadow Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Cathy Jamieson MP, to make decent pay a priority. Church leaders from the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church, Quakers in Britain, the Salvation Army and the United Reformed Church attended the Labour Party ...

  • The Churches’ Visit to the Liberal Democrat Conference (2013)

    Every year, the Free Churches delegation of representatives from the Methodist Church, United Reformed Church, Baptist Union of Great Britain, Salvation Army and Quakers attends the three major Party Conferences. Some MPs we have met are Christian and happy to talk about the links between their faith and their politics. Others may not be Christian ...

  • Off to the Party Conferences…! (2013)

    A delegation of Church leaders from the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church, Quakers in Britain, the Salvation Army and the United Reformed Church are setting off for a tour of the Party Conferences over the next few weeks. The aim is to meet with MPs, to talk about issues of shared concern, to ...

  • Party Conference visits 2012

    Michael King, Vice President of the Methodist conference, told members of the conservative party conference that Jesus’ sermons were “political dynamite” and encouraged politicians to focus on the model of “servant leadership”. Mr King was speaking to a breakfast hosted by the Conservative Christian Fellowship, as part of a delegation of leaders from the Free Churches ...

  • Delegation to the 2012 Party Conferences

    The Joint Public Issues Team, accompanied by leaders of the three denominations, joined with friends from the Salvation Army and Quakers in Britain, to attend the three main party conferences. At each conference, we attended a prayer breakfast organised by the respective Christian Fellowship.  Then we spent the day meeting with back-benchers, and cabinet members. ...

  • Populism and Party Conferences.

    Party Conference season has come and gone. All the parties attempt to walk the line between pleasing their members, who hold strong and often politically inconvenient views, and the wider public. Sadly the result of this seemingly unsquarable circle is often superficial populism. All parties do it but it particularly unedifying when public spending commitments ...

  • Ministers of State meet Ministers of Religion

    Amid the swirling hoards of media-types and lobbyists at the recent party conferences could be spotted a group of people wearing clerical collars, crosses and Salvation Army uniforms. It was the annual delegation of Free Church leaders to the three main party conferences. This delegation, organised by the Joint Public Issues Team together with the Quakers ...

  • Ed Miliband and the Living Wage

    Ed Miliband impressed the Labour Party conference expressing the optimism of a “new generation” in the Labour movement. The real trick was to offer enough substance to avoid giving the impression of naivety or empty rhetoric. Standing from outside the labour movement and looking in I have to admit thought that he was the most ...