Canterbury City Council votes to end prayers in meetings

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A decades-long tradition of holding prayers before full council meetings in Kent’s cathedral city is set to end following a vote to scrap the custom.

Canterbury city councillors have decided to end the practice amid fears it deters non-Christians from wanting to represent their local areas.

But some members of the authority railed against the proposals to alter the body’s constitution, arguing that Christianity was “an important part of the city’s very fibre”.