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Prayers in Parliament

A group of MPs has urged Parliament to recognise the importance of prayer.

Their call came following an early day motion tabled by Jim Shannon, the Democratic Unionist MP for Strangford.

The motion follows a ComRes poll, which found that one in two (51 per cent) adults in Britain pray.

The poll, commissioned by Tearfund, also found that one in five people who say they aren’t religious are among the 51 per cent who pray, which, the charity said, suggests that prayer is still very important to many people.

Mr Shannon’s motion was backed by six MPs including Tory Fiona Bruce, SNP’s Martyn Day and fellow DUP MPs Gregory Campbell; Paul Girvan; Ian Paisley Jr; and David Simpson.

The politicians signed the early day motion, which welcomed Tearfund’s research, which, it said, ‘encourages people to recognise that prayer can help to restore strength, enables people to be closer to God and focuses their heart and mind; and believes that prayer can, and does, change things.’

Dr Ruth Valerio, Global Advocacy and Influencing Director at Tearfund said: “It is encouraging to see that prayer is such an important part of life for many people in the UK.

“Whilst it is often easier to pray for issues closer to home, we want to encourage people to continue to engage with global issues and pray for an end to extreme poverty.”

Picture: The House of Parliament, where members have been urged to recognise the importance of regular prayer.