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Christian MP proposes new social code for Britons to live by

Labour MP Frank Field is bringing together religious leaders including the Catholic and Anglican bishops of Liverpool as well as Muslim, Buddhist and humanist leaders to discuss morality in modern Britain.

He believes moral and social conduct in Britain is getting worse, and that a written code applicable to all could help stem the tide.

He told Premier he hopes the meeting will show there is more that unites religious people than divides them.

"I do think that within all these great religions there is still this urge to do good and we should try to codify that as a social highway code and teach it as such so that it becomes an affair of the heart," Field said.

Field gave the Hensley Henson Lecture at Durham University last night at which he pointed to how much society has changed in the last hundred years, suggesting that there has been "a collapse of a Christian code by which people live their lives" and that we need to rethink our standards of morality in society.

He said that there will be a meeting in Merseyside to discuss the idea, at which leaders of all religions will be present.

He told Premier: "I'm just going to see that when we sit down and answer the question: 'What would we like to teach our children as an ethical map and compass by which they can live their lives, can we agree it?'

"Then if we're successful I hope it will be a national initiative."

To contribute your thoughts about what must be included in a social highway code for the UK, contact Frank Field at [email protected]

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