MP voices worry at Christian unit

Dominic Wood

Labour MP John Cryer is calling for the Home Office to investigate the activities of Christian Voice, the hardline group that recently pressured a Scottish cancer charity to decline a £3,000 donation from Jerry Springer: The Opera.

The organisation also published home telephone numbers of BBC executives on its website in January, after the broadcaster transmitted the show despite 50,000 complaints. Cryer tabled an Early Day Motion last week condemning the group's behaviour. It stated his "deep concern at the group's threat to target abortion clinics", which surfaced in reports last week.

Laura Lee, the chief executive of Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres, said the Christian group had threatened to tarnish the charity's reputation by picketing its centres and sending critical emails to its 50,000 members if it accepted the donation.

Cryer is concerned that if the group's tactics are not checked they could escalate to the levels used by US abortion lobbyists. "I worry that now they have a win they may go further and be prepared to do things that could potentially put people in real danger," he said.

He admitted that his call for a Home Office investigation was unlikely to come to anything, but was made as a "precautionary measure" to curtail the group's over-zealous activities.

Stephen Green, national director of Christian Voice, denied his organisation used confrontational tactics. "We send a message of compassion through prayer," he said.

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