Law and religion roundup – 24th March

Asylum decision-making and conversion to Christianity

Further to last week’s report, the Government has now replied to the Bishop of Chelmsford’s question on evidence for the former Home Secretary’s claim of “churches around the country facilitating industrial-scale bogus asylum claims”. The reply cites only “a small number of recent cases”. “We are unable to comment further”. The headline-grabbing allegation was made by a former priest, no longer in the Church of England, at a one-off evidence session of the Commons Home Affairs Committee. And see the transcript of the evidence taken by the Committee, below.

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