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David Cameron mulls over Easter message with his children at breakfast: ‘It’s not all about chocolate eggs’

'I was very impressed with their knowledge about Good Friday and Easter Sunday,' he said

The hot topic around the Cameron breakfast table this morning had a heavily Christian slant to it, the Prime Minister revealed.

In a week in which he made rare references to his personal religious beliefs – including crediting Jesus with coming up with the Conservative ‘Big Society’ policy 2,000 years ago – he let the listeners of BBC Radio Norfolk in on a conversation on “what Easter is all about” he had with his three children Nancy, Arthur and Florence earlier on.

"I was very impressed with their knowledge about Good Friday and Easter Sunday," he said.

"We had a bit of a conversation about that, (that) it wasn't about chocolate eggs.

"That was one of the themes at breakfast in the Cameron household."

His comments came as Downing Street released Cameron’s Easter message via its official YouTube channel.

"Easter is not just a time for Christians across our country to reflect, but a time for our whole country to reflect on what Christianity brings to Britain," he says in the video.

"The heart of Christianity is to 'love thy neighbour' and millions do really live that out," he added.

Cameron went on to praise the "countless acts of kindness" carried out across the UK every day by "those who believe in and follow Christ", citing the Alpha courses run in prisons and those who rescued residents during the winter storms in the south of England.

He also said that the government had increased its funding for the Near Neighbours programme, which encourages different faiths in inner cities to work on social action projects together.