Welsh bishops urge new PM to protect vulnerable people

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The Bishops of the Church in Wales are calling for the new Prime Minister to prioritise the needs of the most vulnerable people.

In a statement, they call for whoever takes over from Liz Truss to respond boldly to the cost-of-living crisis and to the needs of refugees.

Bishops’ statement

As Bishops of the Church in Wales we recognise the huge challenges and demands on our political leaders at this time and we assure them of our prayers.

We believe the priority of the next Prime Minister is to protect the most vulnerable people in our society. We urge them to respond boldly to address the cost-of-living crisis which, as our churches are already witnessing, is having a devasting impact on our communities. Many people are experiencing extreme hardship and are having to turn to food banks and charitable handouts just to have sufficient food to put on their tables.

We are also concerned that the needs of those in other countries, including refugees, are being side-lined and forgotten.

We call for political leadership which shows compassion, integrity and competence and which can unite us all to work for the common good.

The Archbishop of Wales and Bishop of Bangor, Andrew John

The Bishop of St Asaph, Gregory Cameron

The Bishop of Llandaff, June Osborne

The Bishop of Monmouth, Cherry Vann

The Bishop of Swansea and Brecon, John Lomas

The Assistant Bishop in Bangor, Mary Stallard