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We do do God: why liberals shouldn’t fear religious views in politics

The debate over Rebecca Long-Bailey's comments on abortion reveals a general discomfort with faith in politics. But progressives should welcome anyone motivated to fight for a fairer, more equal society

By Christopher Lamb  

The debate over Long-Bailey's privately-held views reflects the need for a wider discussion about faith in politics. Photo: PA

Tim Farron spent two years as leader of the Liberal Democrats fending off repeated questions about his faith.

The inquisitors, he argued, saw him as something of a “religious nutter” for his views on same-sex relationships—leading him to conclude it is impossible to be the leader of a British political party and a believing Christian.

That question is now back on the agenda. Rebecca Long-Bailey, a Labour leadership candidate and…

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