Edward Leigh MP raised the subject of Iraq’s persecuted Christian minority in a speech to the Council of Europe on 27 January 2011. Mr Leigh, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Gainsborough was speaking in his capacity as a British delegate to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Representing the European Democrats Group, Mr Leigh pointed out that “while there is pressure on Christians throughout the Middle East and there have been some serious incidents – notably, of course, the tragic incident in Egypt – the real problem lies in Iraq.” Read the rest of this entry »
The following is the text of the speech deliver by Edward Leigh MP to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, assembled at the Palais de l’Europe in Strasbourg, 27 January 2011:
Mr President, it is a great pleasure to be asked to speak to this motion on behalf of the European Democrat Group. We very much share the sentiments expressed by other speakers on the rights of men and women to live their faith in peace. Read the rest of this entry »
I am tremendously encouraged by the success of the Papal visit last week. Amid the frenzy of tabloid cynicism, at the apex of the Pope’s engagement with the public, the crowds in Hyde Park peaked at over 70,000.
For me, perhaps the most important aspect of the Pope’s visit was the address he gave to politicians and civil servants in Westminster. It is important to remember that the Pope’s message was more important than his reception. Read the rest of this entry »