Two bishops have praised Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg for speaking out in favour of Church teaching on abortion and same-sex marriage.

Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury hailed his “integrity” for talking “fearlessly” about his Christian convictions, while Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth said he gave a “wonderful witness” as a Catholic.

Mr Rees-Mogg told the ITV breakfast show Good Morning Britain that he opposed abortion in all cases and followed Church teaching on marriage.

Bishop Davies said: “It is a mark of the extremes to which the leaders of public opinion are moving that a politician who simply accepts Christian teaching on the sanctity of human life and the identity of marriage is considered exceptional.

“I think we should all be grateful for the integrity of politicians like Jacob Rees-Mogg who fearlessly speak of those Christian convictions on which our society was built.”

Bishop Egan also praised his witness during the interview, saying “he was faithful and bold, yet gentle in stating his position”.

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