Labour's Shadow Foreign Secretary, Douglas Alexander, has said that a future Labour government would establish a Global Envoy for Religious Freedom along with a multifaith advisory council on religious freedom within the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Writing for the Daily Telegraph, Douglas said: “This is an issue beyond party politics, so if the Government takes this step sooner, as the Opposition, we will support them. There is no time to waste."

Douglas noted that other countries have taken action on religious persecuted and also criticised the government for "downgrading" the role of Minister or Faith - previously at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office – to a role within the Department for Communities and Local Government. "Other governments are showing stronger leadership. The United States and Canada have both appointed international ambassadors for tackling Religious Persecution. The UK, having fallen behind, should now follow suit," he said.

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AuthorStephen Timms