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Theresa May: Christianity is 'part of me'

Mon 24 Nov 2014
By Antony Bushfield

Politicians should not flaunt their religion, the Home Secretary has said.

Theresa May's been speaking about her strong Christian faith and being brought up by a father who was a vicar.

Speaking on the BBC's Desert Island Discs Ms May said faith was important to her and that she was still a practicing member of the Anglican Church.

"It [Christian faith] is part of me. It is part of who I am and therefore how I approach things," she said.

But the minister said it was right faith wasn't as prominent in UK politics as it is in countries like America.

"I think it's right that we don't flaunt these things here in British politics. But it is a part of me it's there and it obviously helps to frame my thinking and my approach."

It's the first time she's spoken about her faith and talked about being brought up in a vicarage by her father Revd Hubert Brasier.

She said: "Obviously everything did revolve very much around the Church.

"Early memories of a father who couldn't always be there when you wanted him to be, but he was around quite a lot of the time and other times when other parents weren't normally.

"I have one memory for example of being in the kitchen and looking up the path to the back door where a whole group, a family, that had come to complain about an issue in the Church and that's it, just knock on the door and expected to see the vicar."

During the programme Ms May choose to play hymns When I Survey The Wondrous Cross and Therefore We Before Him Bending This Great Sacrament Revere.

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