The Prime Minister, David Cameron, had an overtly religious message in his Christmas speech to the nation this year.
He used the Christmas story of Jesus Christ bringing hope to the world to pay tribute to service men and women overseas.
However, it comes amid anger from many senior church figures over plans to allow same-sex marriage, including the Bishop of Leicester.
Tim Stevens has accused the Prime Minister of being out of touch with the "vast majority of practicing religious people" despite assurances that no churches will be forced to carry out such ceremonies.
More top news
A woman from Walsall who admitted stabbing her former lover after a drunken argument, has today been jailed for 13 years and 4 months.
Two thirds of people in Nottingham believe that children should be ready to start school at the age of five, according to a poll.
Rain may be heavy in places but should clear to sunny intervals and scattered showers later in the day.