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Call for prayer for those involved in Westminster harassment scandal

by Eno Adeogun

Rt Rev Rachel Treweek said it's important as Christians not to judge the several Conservative and Labour MPs being investigated over claims of sexual misconduct.

She told Premier how we could pray for those with question marks over them.

She said: "We need to be praying for individuals and we need to be praying for the culture within Westminster - about how we cannot use any abuse of power.

"My starting point in my prayers is that we are all broken people. It's important to remember that as Christians, we are following Christ who died for us out of our brokenness and from there a place of resurrection and hope came.

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"Those who feel they are powerful and important need to recognise... that they are no more important than anyone else who works here from someone who cleans the building through to people who work in offices - we are all equal made in the image of God and we need to live those relationships well and that is my prayer."

Theresa May has promised to "create a new culture of respect" in public life following the allegations of sexual abuse in Westminster.

The Prime Minister's told top business leaders she wants a climate in which victims know their complaints will be properly investigated.

She's meeting with other party leaders on Monday afternoon about how to tackle the issue.

Rt Rev Treweek said that it is however important that those guilty of harassment acknowledge their wrongdoing.

She said: "So for me my prayers are not starting from a place of judgement, they are praying for people in their brokenness that they would be willing to acknowledge where things have been done that should not have been done... be willing to be honest about that."

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