News by email Donate


UK News

2017 news review: at home

The first six months were dominated by terrorism, leaving a lasting fear which continued into the second half.

First up was Westminster where a car ploughed into pedestrians (killing four) on the bridge leading up to the Houses of Parliament. The attacker then fled his car and stabbed a police officer before himself being shot dead.

While London promised to carry on as normal, it wasn't long before terrorism was becoming a far too frequent occurrence on these shores.

Manchester faced a bombing which the city's bishop said "wouldn't drive us apart but bring us together". This was shown when the city came together for a concert to remember those killed at Manchester Arena. It was there where Justin Bieber preached that "God is good in the midst of the darkness".

Two more attacks hit London before the capital was hit by yet more tragedy when a fire ripped through the Grenfell Tower killing 71 people.

The Church did what it does best by opening doors and supporting victims.

In June, we had yet another election as Theresa May looked to build a government capable of delivering a problem free Brexit. Despite being the politician named most like Jesus, May struggled to gain more public support and ended up in a worse position overall.

Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

The other loser of the election was Tim Farron, whose Christian views came under scrutiny when he faced question after question on sexuality. It eventually led to his resignation, with Farron claiming he felt "torn" between his faith and his position as a political leader.

Brexit negotiations continued and, with big concerns over a lack of progress, Stephen Timms then told Premier that "disaster had been averted" after Theresa May said agreement had been made to get to the next stage of talks.

The right to keep an ill baby alive was a debate that took place for much of the year, as the parents of Charlie Gard took their fight to the courts. They eventually lost their case, despite having support from Pope Francis.

The year did finish on a high, however, as Prince Harry announced his engagement to US TV star Meghan Markle.


The royalty-meets-Hollywood wedding is due to take place in May.

A Monthly Gift Of $11 Makes A World Of Difference

In a world of fake news there’s never been a greater need for quality Christian journalism. Premier’s mission is to provide the Church with the most up to date and relevant news, told from a Christian perspective. But we can’t do it without you.

Unlike many websites we haven't put up a paywall — we want to keep our journalism free at the point of need and as open as we can. Premier’s news output takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. No one in the USA is sharing news like we are across radio, magazines and online so please help us to continue that today.

For a monthly gift of $11 or more we’d also be able to send you a free copy of the brand new Premier Bible, a wonderful Anglicised version of the NLT packed with exclusive bonus content, reading plan and resources to help you get the most out of scripture.

Your monthly support will make a world of difference. Thank you.

Support Us
Continue the conversation on our Facebook page

Related Articles

Sign up to our newsletter to stay informed with news from a Christian perspective.

News by email