Labour church service kicks off conference

The official Labour Party church service was back to its usual time this year this morning. Once again it provided an opportunity for delegates so inclined to start the week off in perspective.

The Christian Socialist Movement, which runs these services for the Party, was able to help people focus on one of the key themes for this year's conference.

That theme is how we can ensure markets work within a proper set of values - moral values - and how amidst the fallout from the financial crisis and recession we can ensure the poor are not forgotten.

Tear Fund President Elaine Storkey addressed these issues in her sermon.

Labour delegates joined with regular chuchgoers in Gloucester Place Baptist Church. The Prime Minister read the lesson and a number of ministers and other MPs attended.

In Conference itself for me the debate to watch on Monday will be the Economy debate in the morning. Can the debates about bank bonuses and public spending cuts be developed; can we move on from the slogans into practical policy consistent with a clear political message?

Stephen Beer, 27/09/2009

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