Britain’s Christian values have been key to making the country a successful home to people of all faiths and none, David Cameron has said in his annual Christmas message.
The Prime Minister emphasised the importance of peace and security at a time when millions had been forced to flee the fighting in Syria while Christians in some parts of the world lived in fear of persecution.
“That is what we mark today as we celebrate the birth of God’s only son, Jesus Christ - the Prince of Peace,” he said.
“As a Christian country, we must remember what his birth represents: peace, mercy, goodwill and, above all, hope. I believe that we should also reflect on the fact that it is because of these important religious roots and Christian values that Britain has been such a successful home to people of all faiths and none.”
It is the second year in succession that Mr Cameron has referred to Britain as a “Christian country” in his Christmas message, despite having previously been accused of stoking “alienation and division” by doing so.
The Prime Minister said that it was a time to remember people who would not be spending the festive season in a home that was safe with their family around them.