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Jeremy Corbyn has used his Easter message to praise those who “run food banks, protect the vulnerable, look after the sick, the elderly and young people”.
The Labour leader said” “I meet Christians, and others of all faiths and none on a daily basis, who share and live those ideals: people who give their time for others, to run food banks, protect the vulnerable, look after the sick, the elderly and our young people.
“That spirit of respect for each other, peace and equality is one we can all share. So to all Christians and those of all faiths and none, have a happy and peaceful Easter.”
Theresa May also issued an Easter message – calling on the country to unite behind Brexit .
The Prime Minister said: “Easter is a moment to reflect and an important time for Christians and others to gather together with families and friends.
“This year, after a period of intense debate over the right future for our country, there is a sense that people are “coming together and uniting behind the opportunities that lie ahead.
“For at heart, this country is one great union of people and nations with a proud history and a bright future.
“And as we face the opportunities ahead of us – the opportunities that stem from our decision to leave the European Union and embrace the world – our shared interests, our shared ambitions, and above all our shared values can – and must – bring us together.”
Lib Dem leader Tim Farron said: “Nostalgia and nationalism have become the fuel for an aggressive and irrational brand of politics that is the opposite of what Liberals stand for.
“I don’t want the Christian message to be stolen by the nostalgic nationalists, just as no Liberal should seek to appropriate Jesus for their own purposes either.
“But the Easter message is one of internationalism, if you like – Jesus died for you no matter who you are or where you are from. And the Easter message is most definitely not about comfortable nostalgia, it is radical and disturbing. People do not traditionally willingly exchange riches, glory and comfort for poverty, shame and pain – but that is what we see in the Easter story.”