Moderator congratulates the UK's next PM

5.9.2022 | Moderator, Church in Society, Statements


With the announcement today that Liz Truss is to be the United Kingdom’s next Prime Minister, the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, Right Reverend Dr John Kirkpatrick, has offered his congratulations to her as she assumes office saying, ‘the in-tray awaiting the new Prime Minister contains some of the most difficult and complex issues that have faced the UK and farther afield in a generation.’

“On behalf of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, I would like to offer my congratulations to Ms Truss as she assumes the UK’s highest political office”, Dr Kirkpatrick said.

“The in-tray awaiting the new Prime Minister contains some of the most difficult and complex issues that have faced the UK and farther afield in a generation. From the cost of living crisis to the war in Ukraine, industrial unrest in Great Britain to record levels of inflation, I recognise that this will be a very challenging time for any new Prime Minister. Alongside these important issues, I would urge the new government to encourage the formation of the Northern Ireland Executive and resolve matters relating to the Northern Ireland Protocol.”

Dr Kirkpatrick continued, “For those of us who are disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, we are called to pray for those in authority. Ms Truss can be assured of my prayers and those of many throughout our Church across the island of Ireland as she begins the work of government and starts to deal with the vast array of issues before it.

“The Bible also reminds us that the ‘one in authority is God’s servant for good’ (Romans 13:4). Bearing that in mind, it is my hope and prayer that Ms Truss will prioritise those who are vulnerable and in need, while at the same time, upholding with dignity and respect the office that she has been entrusted with.”

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