The Diocese of Portsmouth has organised an online Symposium on Politics and Religion to take place on Saturday 6 November 2021.

It is open to anyone interested and will take place online.

Two keynote speakers will tackle 'Should Religion have a Role in Politics Today?'

They are Rt. Hon. Jacob Rees-Mogg, MP for North East Somerset, Leader of the House of Commons and Lord President of the Council. He has previously been a Member of the Exiting the European Union Committee, the Treasury Select Committee, the Procedure Committee and the European Scrutiny Committee.

The other keynote speaker is the Rt. Hon. Ruth Kelly. As Labour MP for Bolton West (1997-2010) she became the youngest ever woman to serve in the UK Cabinet, holding a number of positions, including Secretary of State for Transport, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and Secretary of State for Education and Skills. Since departing political life, Ruth has taken on a number of executive and non-executive roles and was for five years as Pro-Vice Chancellor of St Mary’s University, Twickenham. She is presently a member of the Vatican’s Council for the Economy.

David Wells, the motivational speaker, is the presenter for the day.

Besides the Keynotes, there will also be a choice of workshops on immigration, homelessness, diversity, being a Christian on the front line of politics, climate change and Catholic Social Teaching. These will be led by other informed and well-known personalities: Lord David Alton, Rt. Hon. Mark Hoban, Dr. Elizabeth Slinn from the University of Winchester, Dr. Mary Sutton, George O’Neill of the Cardinal Hume Centre, and Rev. Dr. David Goodill OP, moral philosopher, from Blackfriars, Oxford. Tickets are available online now.

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