Pastor Peter Simpson has issued the following statement concerning the Tory Conference in Birmingham (Oct 2-5, 2016) : 


How sad to see that the Conservative Party Conference again this year opened up its business on the Lord’s Day, the Christian sabbath, the day set aside to mark the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. 

However, perhaps we should not be surprised, as this is the Government which tried, but failed, to relax Sunday trading laws back in March of this year. 

The political business being discussed on the opening Sunday afternoon of the conference could have just as easily been discussed on a Monday morning. There is no act of mercy or necessity justifying this disregard for the fourth commandment. Sadly, the Labour Party began their conference on the Lord’s Day as well last week. 

What kind of example is the Conservative Party setting by this Sunday opening? It is a public statement by the party in government that maintaining Britain’s distinctly Christian identity is a matter of little import to them. But then, sadly, this is the Government which is proud of having redefined marriage, also in contravention of God’s holy laws. 

Let us think of all the people who will have to work precisely because of the unnecessary holding of the Conference on a Sunday - Police, journalists, catering staff, security personnel, transport workers etc. 

We would do well to remember the words of Bishop Ryle, the late 19th century Bishop of Liverpool. He wrote, “The sabbath is good for nations. It has an enormous effect both on the character and temporal prosperity of a people … A people which regularly rests one day in seven will do more work and better work in a year than a people which never rests at all. Their hands will be stronger (and) their minds will be clearer”. 

Our political leaders should never forget that they are answerable to the one true Trinitarian God for all that they do. 

October 2016 : The Minister preaching to arriving delegates outside of the International Convention Centre in Birmingham where the Conservative Party conference was being held