Written statement to Parliament

A Christian ethos strengthens our nation

This speech was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Telegraph article by Eric Pickles on Christianity and its place in public life

Christianity in all its forms has shaped the heritage, morality and public life of Britain; and Christian belief continues to influence our society for the better. The fact that Britain has welcomed people of many other faiths to live among us over the centuries in no way detracts from this. Indeed, it is the Christian ethos that has made Britain so welcoming. As the Prime Minister declared in December, we are a Christian nation - and should not be afraid to say so.

Read the full text of the article on The Telegraph website (external link).