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PM says Christian values 'embedded in national fabric' in Easter message praising churches

by Sophie Drew

The prime minister has praised churches for offering a “sense of belonging” to people “across the country” as part of his Easter message.

Rishi Sunak proclaimed Christian values to be “British values,” saying that the message of the gospel is “embedded” in the nation’s history and “national fabric”. 

Namely, he recognised the Biblical values of tolerance, compassion and charity.

He wished a “very happy Easter” to “all those celebrating”.

The Prime Minister is practicing Hindu but rarely speaks publically about his faith.

When he was Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sunak lit candles for Diwali outside Number 11.

In 2020, he said his faith gave him “strength and purpose” and was a fundamental part of who he is. 

He isn’t the only politician to wish the nation a happy Easter. His predecessor Boris Johnson has taken to Twitter to share the sentiments, saying: “Happy Easter to everyone today. May your day be filled with joy, laughter, and plenty of chocolate eggs. 

“Let's take this opportunity to reflect on the hope and renewal that Easter represents, and to be thankful for the blessings in our lives.”

Leader of the opposition, Sir Keir Starmer has met with church leaders ahead of the Christian celebration. Sharing a video on Twitter, he said: “Churches across Britain support their community, providing a sense of unity and hope, particularly when times are tough. 

“At this time of optimism and new beginnings, I thank them for everything they do, and wish you all a very Happy Easter.”

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