Former Wigan bishop visits Downing Street to meet Rishi Sunak
and live on Freeview channel 276
Now Archbishop of The International Christian Church Network, he was invited to Conservative campaign headquarters for a private briefing on election strategies prior to being escorted to No 10 where he met the Premier.
Here, Archbsihop Steven informed Mr Sunak that he would not be standing in the local electons this time around as church work would not allow him the time to do both jobs.
The retiring councillor said: “More ministers are coming on board and continue to undergo training for the ministry, which I oversee.
"It was a tremendous experience, I was honest with them and expressed that I’m not 100 per cent happy with what the government have been doing recently.
"The PM himself is a very gracious man, who thanked me for being there and the work that I’m doing. He very sincerely appreciates all the hard work that is being done, it was excellent.”
The pair were able to discuss the churches that Archbishop Steven oversees as part of his role in which he has been able to work with many across the UK – the most famous being in Burnley, where Pastor Mick Fleming is based.
The archbishop’s role involves visiting various churches across the country to speak to ministers and represent the network of churches, which continues to expand.
He said: “An important part of our emphasis is on reaching some of the poorest of people. We have sought strategies to reach communities who are struggling by feeding people and offering practical hope and support for them to build on for the future. We believe in positive thinking, which develops positive attitudes, which then change the circumstances of life.
“Our aim is to model our success around the country and we need politicians to back us in this vital work. We have developed initiatives into local communities, prisons, NHS, and we've seen many lives transformed.”