Hope prayers will continue

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Britain is constitutionally a Christian country. Parliament begins its sessions with prayers, and many city, county and borough councils do the same. Many of our clergy serve as chaplains to mayors or councils and their ministry is greatly appreciated.

I hope that these good practices will continue across Northamptonshire, Peterborough and Rutland. Prayers need not be part of the official business, and those wishing to enter a meeting after prayers but before the official start should of course be free to do so.

It is surely right to seek God’s guidance in our decision-making.

The Rt Rev Donald Allister, Bishop of Peterborough