Arch­bishop’s Ama­zon back­lash:

The Daily Telegraph - - Front Page - By Olivia Rudgard RE­LI­GIOUS AF­FAIRS CORRESPONDENT

THE Arch­bishop of Can­ter­bury faces ques­tions over Ama­zon and zero-hours “hypocrisy”, as the church re­fused to re­veal its full port­fo­lio of in­vest­ments.

Yes­ter­day the Church of Eng­land de­clined to pro­vide any de­tail on the Church Com­mis­sion­ers’ in­vest­ments be­yond the top 20 hold­ings.

Dis­closed in­vest­ments in­clude Ama­zon, Al­pha­bet, and HSBC, which have all been em­broiled in scan­dals over tax avoid­ance. Ear­lier this week, Justin Welby named Ama­zon as among com­pa­nies which “get away with pay­ing al­most noth­ing in tax”.

The Church said it would re­tain the in­vest­ments but de­clined to pro­vide de­tail of any ac­tion it was tak­ing to im­ple­ment change within the com­pa­nies.

Clergy and bish­ops sug­gested that more in­for­ma­tion should be forth­com­ing, with Dr Helen-ann Hart­ley, the Bishop of Ripon, tweet­ing: “I think it would be good to hear how this chal­lenge is mak­ing an im­pact”. The Rev Peter Ould, a priest from Can­ter­bury, called for “more trans­parency about how they are work­ing with com­pa­nies like Ama­zon”.

It has also been re­vealed that sev­eral Church of Eng­land cathe­drals have ad­ver­tised zero-hours con­tract roles, which the Arch­bishop has also con­demned.

Con­ser­va­tive MP Ben Bradley called his stance “hyp­o­crit­i­cal”.

The Arch­bishop of Can­ter­bury, Justin Welby, was ac­cused of a “hyp­o­crit­i­cal” stance by Tory MP Ben Bradley

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