Labour's Shadow Foreign Secretary, Douglas Alexander MP, has urged people to have the courage to speak up for Christians without fear of causing offence. He voiced his concerns about the growing harassment and attacks suffered by Christians in the Middle East.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Douglas warned that that the mounting persecution of Christians is a “story that goes largely untold”. He said: "Across the world, there will be Christians this week for whom attending a church service this Christmas is not an act of faithful witness, but an act of life-risking bravery. That cannot be right and we need the courage to say so...People of all faiths and none should be horrified by this persecution. We cannot, and we must not, stand by on the other side in silence for fear of offence.”

Douglas's intervention came after the Prince of Wales said he had become “deeply troubled” by the plight of Christians in the Middle East at a reception for MPs before Christmas, at Lambeth Palace.

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AuthorStephen Timms