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Persecution of Christians

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:30 pm on 6th February 2020.

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Photo of Michael Tomlinson Michael Tomlinson Conservative, Mid Dorset and North Poole 1:30 pm, 6th February 2020

I am grateful to the Minister for leading this important debate in the name of the Prime Minister. She mentions data; will she join me in praising certain organisations, such as Open Doors, which does so much in this place? Each year, its event is possibly the best attended by parliamentarians, MPs and Members from the House of Lords; I think no fewer than 100 parliamentarians were present this year. Its evidence suggests that persecution continues to worsen, and there are 260 million Christians on its watch list. Is that a number that the Minister recognises?