Working in Parliament before I became a priest, I was disillusioned by how few MPs were bringing critical experience and intellect into political life. I felt this was one reason for the weak resistance that Labour Members mounted against the Iraq War, and the erosion of civil liberties that we saw after 9/11. Keir Starmer has proven himself to be someone of strong principle and moral courage in his work internationally against the death penalty, against the use of torture, and in support of fundamental human rights. At this time when the very notion of human equality faces unprecedented attacks from the polarization of wealth and an inhospitable nationalism, I want that kind of person representing me in Westminster.
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