Bahá'í Faith APPG

First Registered: 28/09/2017 • Last updated on: 06/10/2021

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To raise awareness on the Bahá'í faith and the efforts of the Bahá'í community to contribute to British society, and to seek action in respect of the persecution of Bahá'ís in Iran and other instances where Bahá'ís are subject to discrimination on the grounds of their faith.

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Recent Documents related to Bahá'í Faith

1. Bahá'í Faith
28/09/2017 - APPGs

Found: To raise awareness on the Bahá'í faith and the efforts of the Bahá'í community to contribute to British

2. Human Rights in Iran
23/06/2016 - Parliamentary Research

Found: of non-recognised religions, such as the Baha™i faith, are persecuted particularly severely. On 15 November

3. Coronavirus (COVID-19): variations to determined admission arrangements
19/02/2021 - Office of the Schools Adjudicator
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Found: School Phase Variation Proposed Religious Character Faith Body Date Issued Outcome 935 Tower Hamlets Community/VC

4. ‘Keeping the Faith – Partnerships between faith groups and local authorities during and beyond the pandemic’
09/09/2021 - Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities
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Found: Keeping the Faith Partnerships between faith groups and local authorities during and beyond the pandemic

5. Written Evidence: The Rt Revd Rachel Treweek, Bishop of Gloucester (DAB76)
17/06/2020 - Bill Documents

Found: Summary: 2. This note explains the importance of faith provision for understanding and responding to domestic

Latest Documents
Recent Speeches related to Bahá'í Faith

1. Covid-19: Faith Groups
11/02/2021 - Commons Chamber

1: attention to the extraordinary scale and value of faith groups’ contributions in response to the pandemic - Speech Link

2. Religious Groups: Financial Support
06/01/2021 - Lords Chamber

1: be helpful, but does the Minister agree that the faith communities, in the welfare and volunteering they - Speech Link
2: role of British Sikhs. It is fundamental to their faith to help people in need, and, although I have only - Speech Link
3: system to provide bespoke levels of support to faith communities? I also join the noble Baroness, Lady - Speech Link

3. Religious Schools: Admission Policies
29/04/2019 - Lords Chamber

1: Lords, many schools with faith-based admissions have diverse intakes. Faith schools do not have significantly - Speech Link
2: religion, and 53% of rural primary schools are faith schools. Almost three in 10 families in England - Speech Link
3: Lords, I have used faith schools and my children do so. Is it not true that faith schools are extremely - Speech Link

4. Violence Against Women
25/06/2020 - Lords Chamber

1: Majesty’s Government what plans they have to work with faith communities to address violence against women. - Speech Link
2: My Lords, I welcome the important role that faith communities have played, and will continue to play - Speech Link
3: abuse can be prevented and addressed in and by faith communities? Will the Minister commit to requiring - Speech Link

5. Education (Assemblies) Bill [HL]
10/09/2021 - Lords Chamber

1: character that are state-funded in England and Wales. Faith schools are not affected by the Bill except that - Speech Link
2: and have the skills to decide what role they want faith to play in their lives. The Bill does not touch - Speech Link

Latest Speeches
Recent Questions related to Bahá'í Faith
1. Faith Schools
asked by: Crispin Blunt
23/07/2021
... what estimate he has made of the number of pupils with no reasonable choice other than to attend a faith school due to lack of secular provision in their area.

2. Faith Schools
asked by: Rachael Maskell
18/10/2021
... what assessment he has made of the capital budget of faith-based schools when they are ringfenced within holding budgets.

3. Iran: Baha'i Faith
asked by: Rachel Hopkins
15/12/2020
... what discussions he has had with his Iranian counterparts on reports of members of the Baha’i community being denied access to university through the Iranian state university application process; and if he will make a statement.

4. Iran: Baha'i Faith
asked by: Rachel Hopkins
11/01/2021
... what discussions he has had with his Iranian counterpart on reports of members of the Baha’i community being imprisoned or banned from public sector employment where they have academic qualifications issued by the Baha’i Institute for Higher Education; and if he will make a statement.

5. Yemen: Baha'i Faith
asked by: Ruth Jones
21/09/2020
... Yemen on 22 August 2020 in which six Baha'i's who were pardoned and released from custody were declared fugitives; and if he will make a statement.

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6 Current APPG Officers
Contact Details

Registered Contact:

Mr Alistair Carmichael MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA. Tel: 020 7219 8181.

Email: carmichaela@parliament.uk

Public Enquiry Point:

Sophie Gregory, Bahá'í Community of the UK, 27 Rutland Gate, London SW7 1PD. Tel: 020 7019 7785

Email: sophie.gregory@bahai.org.uk

Secretariat:

The Office of Public Affairs of the Bahá'í Community of the UK acts as the group's secretariat. https://www.publicaffairs.bahai.org.uk/

Benefits in Kind
Date
25 Feb 2021
Source
The Office of Public Affairs of the Bahá'í Community of the UK
Description
Secretariat   From : 25/02/2021 To : 24/02/2022
Value
£3,001
Date
25 Feb 2020
Source
The Office of Public Affairs of the Bahá'í Community of the UK
Description
Secretariat   From : 25/02/2020 To : 24/02/2021
Value
£1,501
Date
5 Jul 2017
Source
The Office of Public Affairs of the Bahá'í Community of the UK
Description
Secretariat   From : 05/07/2017 To : 04/07/2018
Value
£4,501

No direct financial benefits are on record for the Bahá'í Faith APPG

Former APPG Officers
Cheryl Gillan Portrait
Cheryl Gillan
Vice Chair
Conservative - Former Member for Chesham and Amersham
Joined: 28th September 2017
Departed: 10th March 2021
No other APPG Memberships
Louise Ellman Portrait
Louise Ellman
Chair & Registered Contact
Independent - Former Member for Liverpool, Riverside
Joined: 28th September 2017
Departed: 5th November 2019
No other APPG Memberships
Louise Ellman Portrait
Louise Ellman
Chair & Registered Contact
Independent - Former Member for Liverpool, Riverside
Joined: 28th September 2017
Departed: 6th June 2018
No other APPG Memberships
Cheryl Gillan Portrait
Cheryl Gillan
Vice-Chair
Conservative - Former Member for Chesham and Amersham
Joined: 28th September 2017
Departed: 20th December 2017
No other APPG Memberships