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  • 12 May 2015

    Shock does not produce reasoned reaction. No one was expecting a majority Conservative government and, despite the fact that Labour increased its share of the vote by 1.5 per cent over the Tories' 0.8 per cent, the parliamentary arithmetic meant that Friday's news was defined as a Labour wipe-out.

  • 12 May 2015

    To mark International Conscientious Objectors' Day 2015, the First World War Peace Forum will hold a ceremony of remembrance in Tavistock Square, London WC1.

  • 12 May 2015

    Scotland's unprecedented General Election result should lead to the early delivery of the Smith Commission Agreement, says the convener of the Church and Society council.

  • 12 May 2015

    Christian Aid emergency workers and partner agencies in Nepal are trying to get relief through this morning to the area worst hit by today’s earthquake.

  • 12 May 2015

    Politicians like to talk about wealth creators. They are usually referring to very rich individuals we mustn’t tax too heavily for fear they will leave the country.

  • 11 May 2015

    Abu Dhabi’s highest court has commissioned a review of medical evidence in the case of an Indian migrant worker sentenced to death on the basis of a forced confession

  • 11 May 2015

    After the Labour Party’s disappointing results in the UK General Election, some senior figures are urging it to move still further to the right. But this could be electorally damaging, as well as ethically questionable.

  • 11 May 2015

    Two Quakers have been elected as members of parliament in the UK General Election. Nineteen had stood as candidates.

  • 11 May 2015

    On Friday, when David Cameron stood outside Downing Street to address the nation, he struck a less strident note then he has for some time. He talked about giving the poorest a chance for 'training, a job, and hope for the future'. He seemed in his speech to be reclaiming the mantle of the compassionate Conservative he appeared to be back in 2009/10. I wish I could believe him.

  • 10 May 2015

    An open letter to the Prime Minister from a United Reformed Church minister has been shared more than 30,000 times on Facebook.

  • 9 May 2015

    David Cameron has emailed supporters to tell them of his plans to ‘make Britain greater still’. One part of these plans is to create three million Apprenticeships.

  • 8 May 2015

    A desolate day follows a long night and the metaphors are a measure of the shock: “ a tsunami”, “ a landscape changed out of recognition”, “ sweeping all before them”. The reality is that the polls were wrong and we were ill-prepared for a Conservative majority.

  • 8 May 2015

    Ekklesia associate Vaughan Jones described the 2015 General Election as an event in democracy. Now that moment has passed and the results are in it is time we reflect on what they mean and what we need to do next.

  • 8 May 2015

    The spectacular gains made by the SNP in the General Election are a stark indicator of opposition toTrident, which is based in Scotland, says CND.

  • 8 May 2015

    We have to resist: we have to throw sand in the works But more generally, now is not the time for despair.