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Prime Minister: Christians must be able to speak freely about faith

Christians must be free to speak about their faith and Christmas without fear, the Prime Minister has said.

Her comments come as a report from the think tank ResPublica warns religious freedoms are being eroded and teachers, magistrates and other professionals have been disciplined and sacked for living according to their beliefs.

Conservative MP Fiona Bruce (Congleton), who sits on the Ecclesiastical Committee, warned that Christians have become “fearful” about mentioning their faith in public in case they encounter a backlash.

In response to Ms Bruce, Theresa May noted that religious tolerance is a fiercely guarded principle in Britain that must be respected.

“Of course we are now into the season of Advent, and we have a very strong tradition in this country of religious tolerance and freedom of speech and our Christian heritage is something we can all be proud of,” she added.

“I’m sure that we would all want to ensure that people at work do feel able to speak about their faith, and also be able to speak quite freely about Christmas.”

Picture: Prime Minister Theresa May. (Jonathan Brady/PA).