The President of the Methodist Conference, the Revd Loraine N Mellor and the Vice-President, Jill Baker, blog about their year of office which began on 24 June 2017. Read about the places they visit, the people they meet and the issues that concern them.
Wednesday, 7 October 2015
PM made me a PM
In this season of political
party conferences, it was a real treat to be at Englesea Brook Chapel &
Museum for Mel Johnson's fascinating talk about why so many of the first working class MPs were Primitive Methodists.
Between 1874 and 1932, no less than 43 MPs had
connections with the Primitive Methodist Church.
At least 77% were local preachers
73% worked as union officials
57% were coal miners or had worked in collieries
Just over a third were from the North East
I was very interested
to discover that, although still unable to vote, let alone become MPs, women saw
politics as an essential part of their Christian discipleship:
‘Every social and political
question is, in the deep sense, religious, and should be so regarded by those
who take their politics seriously, and who will allow no divorce between
religion and politics.’ ('Women’s World’, Primitive Methodist Leader, 4 June 1914)
Of the 27 Primitive Methodist MPs elected between 1918 and
1932, there were:
It is a sobering thought that in 2015, we have only one
More encouraging is that in 2015, there will be a workshop on ‘Why get involved in politics?’at 3 Generate, requested by young people.