A Mucky Business with Tim Farron
Sir Gary Streeter: from Atheist to leading Christian MPs in Parliament

Sir Gary Streeter: from Atheist to leading Christian MPs in Parliament

October 12, 2021

Gary Streeter talks about the changes he's seen in the number of Christian MPs since he was elected in 1992. The Conservative MP explains how he went from being an Atheist to being 'soundly, intellectually converted' and leading Christians in Parliament, which run Bible studies for MPs. Tim Farron asks Gary how Christians from different parties can share fellowship while strongly disagreeing on, for example, universal credit. Tim also answers a listener's question on the role of unelected experts during the pandemic.

Want your question answered next week? Drop a quick email to farron@premier.org.uk

Series Producer: Cara Bentley

Carla Lockhart: I feel called to talk about abortion and to evangelise

Carla Lockhart: I feel called to talk about abortion and to evangelise

October 5, 2021

DUP MP Carla Lockhart feels passionately that she has been elected to Westminster to talk about the issue of abortion. But she also thinks the Church needs to step up its practical help and love towards women who feel they cannot raise a child. The MP for Upper Bann talks about her upbringing in Northern Ireland and host Tim Farron answers a question from a listener on his view of Israel and how that impacts his politics. Want your questions answered next week? Email farron@premier.org.uk or add 07711 701133 to your phone and WhatsApp us a voice note. 

Kate Forbes: Being in the SNP and how I answer difficult questions about Christianity

Kate Forbes: Being in the SNP and how I answer difficult questions about Christianity

September 28, 2021
Kates Forbes is the second most senior politician in Scotland after Nicola Sturgeon and is the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Economy. Tim asks her how she copes with being a Christian in the public eye and answering difficult questions and how the SNP holds together militant secularists and committed Christians. Tim also shares his view that the fuel shortage is highlighting, once again, how humans are not as in control as we think.

If you have any feedback or suggestions of guests, questions or topics, email farron@premier.org.uk or add 07711 701133 to your phone and send a message on WhatsApp.

Series Producer: Cara Bentley

Dame Andrea Leadsom: Is being ambitious ok?

Dame Andrea Leadsom: Is being ambitious ok?

September 21, 2021

Series 2 of A Mucky Business kicks off with Tim Farron, the former leader of the Liberal Democrats, talking to Dame Andrea Leadsom, who nearly became Prime Minister in 2016 and has had several top jobs in Cabinet. Andrea talks about why she gets annoyed when Christians suggest that ambition is wrong and what Boris Johnson said to her in *that* bus on the way to the EU debate in Wembley – the debate in which she likely persuaded many people to vote Leave.

Each week, Tim also answers a question from a listener, if you have a query about politics, feedback, suggestions of guests or topics, please email farron@premier.org.uk or add 07711 701133 to your phone and send a message on WhatsApp.

Series Producer: Cara Bentley

Series 2 Trailer

Series 2 Trailer

September 20, 2021
Find out about what's coming up in series 2 of 'A Mucky Business' and why MP Tim Farron is keen to see Christians around the UK engage in politics. 
 

If you have any feedback or suggestions of guests, questions or topics, please email: farron@premier.org.uk or add 07711 701133 to your phone and send a message on WhatsApp.

Series Producer: Cara Bentley

Derek Thomas: how to pray when the President comes to town

Derek Thomas: how to pray when the President comes to town

July 20, 2021

When major leaders including President Biden visited Cornwall in June for the G7 summit, most of them did not know how much prayer was going on behind the scenes. But the MP for St Ives and Christian, Derek Thomas, was right at the heart of the local church's involvement. Christians met weekly in the run-up to the event to pray for each leader and the discussions they would hold. How can your church learn from this model of supporting a local political event and engaging with their MP? (Ft. Cornish seagulls.)

As it's the last episode before the summer recess, Tim Farron and Cara Bentley reflect on what they've learnt from this series and Cara asks: what do MPs actually do over the summer?

A Mucky Business will be back in September, if you have any feedback or suggestions of guests, questions or topics, please email: farron@premier.org.uk or add 07711 701133 to your phone and send a message on WhatsApp.

Series Producer: Cara Bentley

 

Cat Smith: how should Christians respond to Covid retrictions ending?

Cat Smith: how should Christians respond to Covid retrictions ending?

July 13, 2021

It’s time for the next episode of A Mucky Business with the Christian MP Tim Farron.

This week he talks about taking the knee and racism in football, as well as what churches should do when the Covid restrictions, such as mask wearing, become guidance and not law.

The guest this week is Cat Smith, a Labour MP and Methodist, who shares her view on whether the church has been treated unfairly during Covid.

If you have any feedback, email farron@premier.org.uk

Miriam Cates: is it a Christian MP’s duty to support families?

Miriam Cates: is it a Christian MP’s duty to support families?

July 6, 2021
What is a Christian politician's duty when it comes to the family? Is it their role to encourage couples to marry, stay together and spend time with their children? Is that naive and dismissive of people in different circumstances? Tim Farron discusses this with Conservative MP Miriam Cates, who is passionate about helping families out via taxes and other support. Tim also shares how he would have voted on the two abortion amendments added to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill this week and why he thinks both sides dehumanise real people.
 
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Tim Farron: the tables are turned

Tim Farron: the tables are turned

June 29, 2021

Cara Bentley asks Tim Farron how he became a Christian, the recent oversight regarding donations which fund his parliamentary staff, why he doesn't want to force non-Christians to live by God's laws and whether he'd ever be a church pastor. Tim shares his thoughts on how to pray in light of Matt Hancock's affair and resignation and the comments of the Bishop of Manchester, who referred to it as 'a middle-aged man having a bit of a fling'.

If you have a question for Tim, email farron@premier.org.uk or add 07711 701133 to your phone and send a message on WhatsApp.

Michael Wear: Obama’s faith advisor on the politicisation of Christianity

Michael Wear: Obama’s faith advisor on the politicisation of Christianity

June 22, 2021

Michael Wear has prayed with President Obama and advised him on how to engage with evangelical voters - so what does he think about President Biden's approach to faith and about why Christianity is so tied to political parties in America? Tim Farron also shares his view on how to cope with change as Christians and answers a listener's question about singing in church.

If you have a question for Tim, email farron@premier.org.uk or add 07711 701133 to your phone and send a message on WhatsApp.

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