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3FF recruiting students for ParliaMentors training
3FF recruiting students for ParliaMentors training

Three Faiths Forum (3FF) - the UK's leading interfaith organisation, is looking for the next generation of leaders to join the UN award-winning ParliaMentors leadership programme. At a time when populism and anti-immigrant rhetoric is adding to tensions around the world, ParliaMentors trains emerging leaders to bring people from different backgrounds together.

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Petition: Ask Parliament to save lone child refugees in Europe
Petition: Ask Parliament to save lone child refugees in Europe

Last night, MPs voted against an amendment which would have allowed the government to accept 3,000 unaccompanied child refugees into the UK. The Labour amendment to the Immigration Bill was defeated by 294 to 276 votes. Lord Dubs, who proposed the original wil try again with a somewhat different amendment. This will be debated tonight in the House of Lords. The charity Calais Action, as part of the Refugee Task force working on the Dubs amendment, has started a petition on line for the amendment of the bill

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Ask your MP to Turn up/Save lives!
Ask your MP to Turn up/Save lives!

Friday 5 December is the third reading of a bill which will enshrine in law, 0.7% of our annual budget to overseas aid. More than 100 MPs in Parliament would guarantee a vote. Please would you contact your MP and ask him/her to ‘Turn up/Save lives’ on that day and vote in favour of the Bill so that it can pass to the House of Lords and subsequently onto the statute books?

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Ask your MP to take action on sex-selective abortion Bill
Ask your MP to take action on sex-selective abortion Bill

On 4 November 2014, MPs will be discussing the Abortion (Sex-Selection) Bill
. The Bill clarifies the Abortion Act to make clear that abortion on gender grounds is illegal. There is no consensus on the incidence of gender abortion in the UK. A recent Government report found no statistically significant discrepancy in gender ratios in the UK even when the data is broken down by ethnicity (the problem is thought to be worse in some ethnic minority communities). However, studies carries out by Oxford and Imperial College academics 

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Westminster: Students unite across cultures to create change
Westminster: Students unite across cultures to create change

As the election year starts, 30 young global leaders from different religious and cultural backgrounds are getting together to make an impact across the country. The university students on 3FF’s leadership programme ParliaMentors will be meeting with MPs in Parliament as the year-long initiative launches on Tuesday 2 September. At a time when the twin topics of politics and faith are most likely to bring to mind issues of international conflict or community tensions, these university students are instead using their beliefs – both religious

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London: Vigil outside Parliament for Iraqi Christians
London: Vigil outside Parliament for Iraqi Christians

The Iraqi Christian community in the United Kingdom and their churches are organising a vigil for the victimised Iraqi Christians in London on Saturday 26-July-2014 with the support of many Eastern and Western Churches and various Christian organisations and charities in the United Kingdom. The assembly will start at 11.30am near Parliament Square. The demonstrators will then move from the assembly point to stand in solidarity outside the Parliament building for a period of silence and prayer

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Dutch professor warns against Assisted Dying Bill + PETITION
Dutch professor warns against Assisted Dying Bill + PETITION

Professor Theo Boer, a former euthanasia supporter has warned of a surge in deaths if Parliament votes in favour of the Assisted Dying Bill, promoted by Lord Falconer. In the Netherlands, where euthanasia has been legal since 2002, deaths have doubled in just six years. The bill, which has its second reading this week, would allow doctors to prescribe poison to terminally ill and mentally alert people who wish to kill themselves. Professor Boer, who is an academic in the field of ethics, had argued seven years ago that a ‘good euthanasia law’ would produce 

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Politics and Catholic thought: is the reformed Commons working?
Politics and Catholic thought: is the reformed Commons working?
What has been the impact so far of the reforms that came into effect in the House of Commons last year as a result of the recommendations of the Reform Committee? Joe Egerton argues that a current debate in Parliament regarding pensions and investments is testing whether Robert Parsons was correct to believe that a reformed Commons,
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Christian peace campaigners hold silent vigil in Parliament
Christian peace campaigners hold silent vigil in Parliament
Six members of campaign group Trident Ploughshares protested silently inside the lobby of Parliament for two hours on Thursday, calling on the incoming government to honour its disarmament commitments by scrapping the Trident nuclear missile system and its planned replacement and signing up to a Nuclear Weapons Convention.
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