On Tuesday Jim Shannon, the DUP MP who is responsible for Strangford in Northern Ireland submitted a document which was released to the MPs in the whole of the UK. Sadly there were only two MPs who responded to his document last week which was the session of the 3rd March. They were Mike Penning who is the Conservative MP for Hemel Hempstead and Paul Girvan who is the DUP MP for South Antrim. It is great that we did get at least one MP for the rest of the UK but it is very sad that there were only 3 MPs last week. However today there have been three other MPs who have signed the petition which does at least make it a sponsored piece. These new signatures are from Rachael Maskell who is the Labour MP for York Central, Jeffrey Donaldson who is a third DUP who is the MP for Lagan Valley and the sixth MP is Patrick Grady who is an SNP MP for Glasgow North. Here is the the text of what the document states which can also be obtained from here.
That this House notes World Day of Prayer on Friday 3 March 2023 which is an international ecumenical Christian laywomen’s initiative run under the motto Informed Prayer and Prayerful Action; highlights that it is celebrated annually in over 170 countries on the first Friday in March; further notes that this years prayer focus is on Taiwan; encourages people to take time on Friday to acknowledge the power of prayer and pray for Taiwan; and thanks those who are passionately advocating and stirring people to remember other nations in prayer in this difficult time.