The speaker of the House of Commons has spoken of how he believes faith “absolutely binds” our parliament together.
Sir Lindsay Hoyle spoke highly of prayer and faith at the launch of a new exhibition which explores the faith of MPs, staff and journalists.
The Inter Faith exhibition, launched for Inter Faith Week, shares 35 stories from Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu and Pagan colleagues, and is available to see in person or online.
It includes 16 MPs, 12 of whom are Christians, explaining what influences them in their work and lives.
Sir Lindsay, who was brought up in a Christian household, said he thinks the prayers which have been spoken for 500 years in parliament each morning influence what goes on there.
He said: “I think it’s a really good way to start the day. Do you feel better for it? I genuinely believe we do. I think it’s better for the house. I think it’s better for us.”
Sir Lindsay, who is MP for Chorley and became speaker of the house two years ago, wants people of all faiths and none to have a better understanding of each other as a result of the exhibition.
He said: “It’s about sharing and understanding each other…I’m just absolutely moved with this exhibition we’ve got here in parliament today. And when people see it, they will say ‘oh my word, I didn’t know that. Isn’t that fantastic?’”
Inter faith week runs until Sunday and shares resources and activities aimed at strengthening good interfaith relations at all levels.