Prayer Seats

Prayer Card

Prayer Seats for MPs

Did you know that every day the House of Commons is in session, up to 223 MPs can be denied the chance to speak up for their constituents in important debates – just because they do not participate in Christian prayer?

In the Commons, there are only 427 seats for a total of 650 MPs, but those who attend Christian prayers are able to put down a ‘prayer card’ on their seat, which reserves it for the whole day. This means that non-Christian MPs are less likely to get a seat or be selected by the Speaker to take part in the day’s business.

I’m sure you’ll agree that this antiquated and discriminatory practice at the highest level should be scrapped immediately.

With the support of members like you, we are calling for parliamentary prayers to be replaced with inclusive time for reflection.