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Each week Christian MP Tim Farron unpacks the murky world of politics and encourages believers around the UK to engage prayerfully.

Tim will share what life is like in Parliament, which issues Christians should care about and what you can do to make a difference.

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When major leaders including President Biden visited Cornwall in June for the G7 summit, most of them did not know how much prayer was going on behind the scenes. But the MP for St Ives and Christian, Derek Thomas, was right at the heart of the local church's involvement. Christians met weekly in the run-up to the event to pray for each leader and the discussions they would hold. How can your church learn from this model of supporting a local political event and engaging with their MP? (Ft. Cornish seagulls.)
It’s time for the next episode of A Mucky Business with the Christian MP Tim Farron.

This week he talks about taking the knee and racism in football, as well as what churches should do when the Covid restrictions, such as mask wearing, become guidance and not law.

The guest this week is Cat Smith, a Labour MP and Methodist, who shares her view on whether the church has been treated unfairly during Covid.

If you have any feedback, email farron@premier.org.uk
What is a Christian politician's duty when it comes to the family? Is it their role to encourage couples to marry, stay together and spend time with their children? Is that naive and dismissive of people in different circumstances? Tim Farron discusses this with Conservative MP Miriam Cates, who is passionate about helping families out via taxes and other support. Tim also shares how he would have voted on the two abortion amendments added to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill this week and why he thinks both sides dehumanise real people.

If you have a question for Tim, email farron@premier.org.uk or add 07711 701133 to your phone and send a message on WhatsApp.
Cara Bentley asks Tim Farron how he became a Christian, the recent oversight regarding donations which fund his parliamentary staff, why he doesn't want to force non-Christians to live by God's laws and whether he'd ever be a church pastor. Tim shares his thoughts on how to pray in light of Matt Hancock's affair and resignation and the comments of the Bishop of Manchester, who referred to it as 'a middle-aged man having a bit of a fling'.

If you have a question for Tim, email farron@premier.org.uk or add 07711 701133 to your phone and send a message on WhatsApp.
Michael Wear has prayed with President Obama and advised him on how to engage with evangelical voters - so what does he think about President Biden's approach to faith and about why Christianity is so tied to political parties in America? Tim Farron also shares his view on how to cope with change as Christians and answers a listener's question about singing in church.
How can you trust God when it feels like life has not gone to plan? Leader of the Welsh Lib Dems, Jane Dodds, became an MP in August 2019 and then lost her seat 4 months later in the General Election. She describes how her Christian faith helped her and how she was blessed by Christian friends, before being re-elected to the Welsh Senedd this May. She talks about the differences between the UK parliament and the Welsh Senedd and Tim shares his view on the delay to lockdown easing and how to deal with potential anger.
Tim Farron interviews the MP who is the link between parliament and the Church of England - Andrew Selous. As well as being a Christian and a Conservative MP, Andrew is the Second Church Estates Commissioner, meaning he answers MPs' questions about the church. Tim asks him about his role and whether the C of E being tied to the state is good or bad. Tim also shares his thoughts on foreign aid and answers a listener's question about submitting to governing authorities.

If you have any thoughts or questions, email farron@premier.org.uk or add 07711 701133 to your phone and send a message on WhatsApp.
Tim Farron speaks to former MP and Lib Dem minister Sir Steve Webb about the Coalition government and working with Christians of different political persuasions. Steve worked with Iain Duncan Smith in the Department for Work and Pensions - a department jokingly called the 'department for worship and prayer' as there were so many Christians. What was it like working alongside Conservative Christians he disagreed with politically? And how does he feel about the coalition now - will the Lib Dems reap their reward in heaven but not at the ballot box?

To get your question answered by Tim in the next episode, write it in an email to farron@premier.org.uk or add this number to your phone and send a message on WhatsApp: 07711 701133
Every now and again Tim Farron asks a Christian from a different mucky business to share their story, to shed some light on politics from an outsider's perspective. This week, Jeremy Marshall former CEO of C. Hoare and Co. - a private bank - describes his own journey with uncertainty as he deals with cancer. How can the gospel help us combat political, cultural and personal uncertainty? Tim Farron explains how he thinks you should pray for Israel and Palestine and asks Jeremy: what's more mucky - politics or banking?

To get your question answered by Tim in the next episode, write it in an email to farron@premier.org.uk or add this number to your phone and send a message on WhatsApp: 07711 701133
How should Christians engage in the Scottish independence debate? The finance spokespeople for the Scottish Conservatives and the SNP are both Christian but on opposite sides. This week, the Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser describes what role he thinks Christians ought to play when discussing independence and how he thinks Scotland's future should be prayed for. Murdo also explains why he didn't know he was an MSP until a journalist rang him up and Tim Farron speaks about how we should respond to political losing as he analyses last week's election results.

To get your question answered by Tim in the next episode, write it in an email to farron@premier.org.uk or add this number to your phone and send us a message on WhatsApp: 07711 701133