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Christian and former MP Frank Field to become a peer

by Cara Bentley

Christian politician and former MP Frank Field will become a peer in the House of Lords. 

The former Labour and then independent Member of Parliament represented Birkenhead from 1979-2019 and also chaired the Committee for Work and Pensions. 

A passionate campaigner on poverty and social justice, he often pleaded with the Government to provide free schools meals to children in summer holidays who would normally get them in term time. 

He was a supporter of Brexit and often took a different line from his fellow Labour MPs, resigning from the party - he said over anti-semitisim - in 2018 after losing a confidence vote in his constituency after he sided with the Conservative Government on a Brexit vote. His selection is not aligned with a particular party. 

Fellow Labour rebel on Europe, Kate Hoey will also get a peerage. 

FIeld is an evangelical Christian and has been part of the Church of England's General Synod as well as having an interest in church history. He was formerly the director of Child Poverty Action group

He will likely join the House of Lords later this year. 

Peerages will also go to Conservatives Ken Clarke and Philip Hammond, as well as Theresa May's husband Philip May. 


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