General Election 2015


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Archived – the Joint Public Issues Team’s General Election 2015 web pages.

This page contains

  • resources created by the Team to help Christians and others reflecting on the issues and deciding how to vote
  • links containing more information on the issues discussed in our election resources
  • information for hustings providers
  • and guidance on how to register to vote

Many of these issues will continue to be central to political debate for the next Parliamentary term of 2015-2020, so this page will be retained as it remains a useful resource


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Truth, Phil Jump’s reflections on the first of four key themes in the final weeks before the general election.

Justice, David Grosch-Miller reflects on the second of four themes in the run up to the general election

Peace, President of the Methodist Conference Revd Kenneth Howcroft reflects on the third of four themes in the context of the general election.

Wellbeing, the Revd Shuna Dicks reflects on the theme of wellbeing in the final week ahead of the General Election.

Hymn “if we claim to love our neighbour” – a new hymn by Andrew Pratt with reflections by Andrew Bradstock

Comment Anna Drew muses on what the ‘Christian vote’ might look like.

Joint Public Issues Team resources for 2015 General Election

Love your neighbour: Think, Pray, Vote pack

263407_b016-ct-15 (medium)This resource contains 4 short films on peace, justice, truth and wellbeing, Bible notes and materials for reflection in the run up to the general election. It was launched at our Conference on 21 February, where Archbishop Justin Welby gave the keynote address.

You can order the pack here.

 

Faith in Politics 2015 – Preparing Churches for the General Election 2015

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Faith in Politics 2015 contains short briefings on 16 key issues that features in political debates in the run up to the election. Some of these issues are not directly related to one of more of the ‘devolved nations’. We currently have versions of this document containing only the issues from the overall briefing which are particularly relevant to Scotland and Wales

Faith in Politics 2015 – Scotland
Faith in Politics 2015 – Wales

The individual sections have been written with the assistance and guidance of colleagues from Churches, Christian organisations and campaign groups. It is deliberately non partisan. While it is written largely for Christians considering how to use their vote, it does not suggest that there is only one valid Christian policy for each issue. Instead it provides key information, the range of opinions and links for further information.


 

Links with further information on the issues explored in the briefing

Disclaimer – these links are provided solely for information about the general election and further discussion of key issues. Some of the linked organisations may have active campaigns or views in favour of a political party but their presence on this page does not constitute endorsement of any particular policy position.

NB – we are constantly updating this collection of links, as more information is provided in the run up to the elections. Please contact us if you have suggestions for useful information.

General information on 2015 elections:

Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI) website
2020 Vision of the Good Society
General Election 2015 timetable – official Parliament.uk website
The Electoral Commission’s 2015 Election Page

Media Coverage of the elections

Guardian
Independent
Telegraph
BBC Manifesto Guide
(BBC Manifesto Watch – Feb 2015)

Election Resources from Christian and other Organisations

Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN) election pages
CAFOD and CSAN election questions
Christian aid manifesto for the general election
Evangelical Alliance election 2015 website
Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics (KLICE)
Quaker general election website
Ekklesia – General Election 2015
Together for the Common Good
Show Up – “The Show Up campaign aims to encourage positive Christian engagement in the run up to, and beyond, the 2015 General Election”.

Ecumenical Instruments for Churches in the UK’s Four Nations

Churches Together in England
Irish Council of Churches
Action of Churches Together in Scotland
Cytûn

Constitution and Democracy

Official guides to UK Parliament
The Electoral Commission
Electoral Reform Society

Children and Young People

The Children’s Society
Action for Children
UK Youth Parliament

Debt

Children’s Society – The Debt Trap
Paying the Price – Action for Children
Citizens’ Advice Bureau
Stepchange

The Economy

Church of England pages on Work and the Economy
Church of Scotland pages on Poverty and Economics

Education

Institute of Education
NUS Election Hub
NUT general election manifesto

The Environment

Joint Public Issues Team environment page
Hope for the Future – climate change campaign

Europe

Conference of European Churches (CEC)
Church of England – European Affairs
Eurodiaconia – “Europe wide community of organisations founded in the Christian faith and working in the tradition of Diaconia, who are committed to a Europe of solidarity, equality and justice”.

Family

Methodist Children and Youth
The Family and Childcare Trust
Family Policy Social Centre
Family and Childcare Trust
Working Families

Global Peace and Security

Joint Public Issues Team – Peacemaking pages
CTBI – Nuclear Weapons, drone and the Arms Trade
Church of Scotland – International affairs and peacekeeping
Pax Christi – Peace, Faith, and Politics: Nuclear Weapons

Health

The King’s Fund
NHS Confederation

Housing

Housing Justice
Crisis – current homelessness statistics
National Housing Federation

Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery

Salvation Army’s pages on human trafficking
Church of England – human trafficking
Church of Scotland – slavery and human trafficking

Immigration and asylum

CTBI page on migration and the movement of peoples
Church of England – immigration and asylum

International Development

Christian Aid
Church of England – human development

Poverty and Social Exclusion

Church Action on Poverty
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger and Food Poverty

Religious Freedom

Christian Solidarity Worldwide
University of Derby: Religion and Belief, Discrimination and Equality in England and Wales
Equality and Human Rights Commission – Equality Act 2010

 Information about Hustings

CTBI webpage on local hustings
Church Action on Poverty page on hustings
Evangelical Alliance hustings guidance

 Register to Vote

About My Vote – registration information