“Where do you find God in the House of Commons?”
In answer to this question, the Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Rev’d Rose Hudson-Wilkin, responded:
“We have an amazing chapel in Parliament called the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft, which is the base from which I lead worship, so to speak – two Eucharistic services each week there. But, you know, I think I find God in people: in Members, in staff who are living the Faith, because in a sense the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft is a “house”, but God isn’t locked up there, you know. At the end of each Eucharistic prayer, we say, “Send us out into the world.” And so I see Members and staff all trying – those of faith – trying to work out their faith in their parties; in various policies; in living. And I think I can identify, recognise God in them.That's nice.
"Being here, you actually get to see a completely different side to what the press tries to sell you about MPs. So, for example, we’ve just had the summer. And you hear the press, or you read in the press, O, you know, they’re on this long holiday. No, most of them would probably have two weeks out of the summer. They are mostly in their constituencies. I see MPs who are working very, very hard. I really do. Sometimes to the detriment of their families, too. The face that I see are people who genuinely entered Parliament because they wanted to make a difference. And I think the press very often sometimes treats them like celebrity and then knocks them over or hounds them in a way that can be quite harmful to the soul. And I really would like sometimes for the press – the people behind those stories – to step back and think about the human in terms of what they’re doing.
But His Grace would simply like to point out that some of these Members create and nurture their own cults of celebrity, and they thoroughly deserve knocking over and hounding for their lies, deceit, hypocrisy, and the contempt they sometimes show for the people they purport to represent and the Faith they claim to profess.
Not all, of course. But no doubt when Parliament once again controls the press through the proposed Royal Charter, we can expect lots of stories of how righteous, virtuous and industrious our MPs really are.