The Catholic MP said politicians of faith were facing an increasingly secular world

To be a Christian and an MP is increasingly difficult in Britain, a Catholic MP has said.

In an podcast interview for the Catholic Herald, Jacob Rees-Mogg, MP for North East Somerset, said that while he had been “very lucky” and found being both a Christian and a politician “relatively straightforward”, it was “becoming more difficult” for most politicians of faith.

He said: “I think we live in an increasingly secular world even though quite a large number of MPs do have a religious belief. But the perception is, that as Alastair Campbell famously said, ‘We don’t do God.’ That has made it harder for some politicians to feel comfortable admitting their faith and I think it’s possibly harder on the Left than it is on the Right.”

His interview was part of a new “On Retreat” podcast series in which guests pick what they would like to take with them on a retreat: specifically, which piece of music, aid to prayer, book of the Bible and life of a saint.

Jacob Rees-Mogg also talked about his Catholic upbringing and his love of the Extraordinary Form Mass.

Listen to the podcast.