Corbyn’s tribute to Britain’s Good Samaritans: Labour leader’s Christmas message hails volunteers who emulate Biblical figure by helping strangers at homeless shelters and food banks
- The Labour leader will draw on St Luke’s gospel in his Christmas Eve message
- Mr Corbyn will praise volunteers and people who raise money for refugees
- It comes after a study showing homelessness reaching a record high in Britain
Jeremy Corbyn will pay tribute to those who emulate the Biblical Good Samaritan in his Christmas message.
In a video that will run on social media on Christmas Eve, the Labour leader will draw on the parable from St Luke’s gospel to praise those who help the nation’s destitute, saying they are people who will not ‘walk by on the other side’.
Mr Corbyn will say during the festive period he sees ‘the compassion of the Good Samaritan in people across our country everyday but especially at Christmas’.
His emphasis on those who help homeless people and refugees comes after charity Crisis published a study on Sunday showing homelessness has reached a record high, with more than 170,000 families and individuals experiencing destitution.
Jeremy Corbyn will pay tribute to those who emulate the biblical Good Samaritan in his Christmas message, praising volunteers at homeless shelters and food banks
Mr Corbyn, 69, will add: ‘Whether it’s people helping in homeless shelters offering comfort and meals for those looking to escape the freezing temperatures and dangers of sleeping rough…
‘Those ensuring food banks are fully stocked for people who can’t afford to eat properly this Christmas…
‘Or volunteers raising money for refugees who’ve been forced to flee war, oppression and devastation…
‘These are people who will not ‘walk by on the other side’.
‘They do what’s become so necessary in a system that is failing to provide for people’s basic needs.
‘They embody what’s best and most compassionate in all of us. They make me certain that we can build a fairer society which works for everyone.’
In Theresa May’s festive message she pays tribute to the work of the Armed Forces this year, especially in response to the Salisbury nerve agent attack.
Meanwhile the Queen will use her Christmas Day broadcast to say the Christian message of ‘peace on earth and goodwill to all’ is needed ‘as much as ever’.
In the broadcast, recorded on October 12 amid the swirling Brexit drama in Westminster, the monarch will highlight Jesus’s message – often cited at Christmas.
The Queen, 92, will say: ‘I believe his message of peace on earth and goodwill to all is never out of date. It can be heeded by everyone; it’s needed as much as ever.’
The Queen records her Christmas Day message, in which she will preach a message of conciliation to the nation, in the White Drawing Room of Buckingham Palace