News related to the Church's involvement in the 2019 UK General Election.
6 December 2019
The Catholic Bishops’ of England and Wales have issued a statement on the General Election highlighting the duty of all citizens – not just Catholics – to help shape politics that are 'rooted in the service of human rights and peace'. You can download the statement and hear it discussed by the Most Revd John Wilkson, Archbishop of Southwark, on the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales website.
4 December 2019
Everyone is being encouraged to vote by the NCLF, which consists of key leaders in the African and Caribbean churches in the UK. The NCLF describes the election as 'the most important one in a generation'. Its manifesto for the 2015 General Election, Black Church Political Mobilisation: A Manifesto for Action, is still available to download.
27 November 2019
In the run-up to the 2015 UK General Election, a broad coalition of Christian denominations and agencies encouraged churches across the country to take up the theme of a ‘2020 Vision of the Good Society’. In an open letter to Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, Liz Delafield, a supporter of Church Action on Poverty, says 'We failed!'. The full letter is reproduced on the Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI) website.
22 November 2019
Parishioners in all 500 Catholic churches in Scotland this weekend (23/24 November) will be urged to participate in the 2019 General Election and to 'elect an individual representative who reflects as closely as possible our beliefs', by Scotland's Catholic Bishops.
20 November 2019
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have released a video urging voters to 'honour the gift of truth' as they engage in political debate in the run-up to the General Election. It is available on the Church of England website and YouTube.
14 November 2019
Charity Home for Good is calling on the next government to end the use of boats, caravans and B&Bs for teenagers in care. You can find out more and add your signature to petition the next Secretary of State for Education on the Home for Good website .
13 November 2019
The Church of England has issued a prayer for the General Election, available on the Church of England website
11 November 2019
As we approach a General Election, the Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT) is inviting us to Love, Pray, Vote. JPIT says as Christians we can use the opportunity to engage in politics as a chance to love our neighbour and our world.
9 November 2019
Poverty, homelessness and struggling public services are among the critical issues which have been airbrushed off the political agenda for too long and now need addressing, argues the Archbishop of Wales. Archbishop John Davies says Wales is facing a daunting list of needs and challenges which have been pushed aside by Brexit. He calls for politicians seeking election to re-balance the agenda and give proper time, attention and debate to improving the lives of people suffering increasing despair. See the Church in Wales website for the full statement.