Christian peer amongst Tory rebels urging vote for UKIP - news from ekklesia

By staff writers
May 31, 2004

Christian peer amongst Tory rebels urging vote for UKIP

-31/5/04

A peer well known for her Christian faith is amongst four Tories who have been disciplined by their party for giving their backing to the UK Independence Party.

Baroness Cox, who was created a Life Peer in 1982 and has been a deputy speaker of the House of Lords since 1985, is among several members of the House of Lords to urge voters to back the UKIP in June's European elections

Lady Cox is well known to many Christians as President of the Human Rights group Christian Solidarity Worldwide.

The party whip has now been withdrawn from the Tory peer and three of her colleagues, Lord Willoughby de Broke, Lord Pearson of Rannoch and Lord Stevens of Ludgate.

The peers wrote an open letter calling on people to vote for the UKIP, saying it was the only way to persuade party leader Michael Howard to pull Britain out of the EU.

The letter states: "We urge those who normally vote for one of the main political parties to lend their vote at the European elections on 10 June to the UK Independence Party.

"Only thus will the main parties be persuaded that their policies towards the European Union are not in the national interest.

"It is to that national interest that we all owe our allegiance."

Christians however may well be surprised at the statement signed by Lady Cox, as it appears to fly in the face of Christian teaching which challenges the idea of decision-making based primarily on the basis of the "national interest".

In 1999, the Movement for Christian Democracy of which Baroness Cox has was a member, produced a document suggesting that Christian teaching demands that decisions with regard to the European Union be made primarily on the basis of how they will effect the most vulnerable.

The document pointed out that decisions about a single currency could have a significant impact on weaker nations both inside and outside the European Union, and that making them on the basis of the national interest ignored the most vulnerable.

A biography of the Life Peer was recently written by Andrew Boyd entitled; "Baroness Cox: A Voice for the Voiceless".

Christian peer amongst Tory rebels urging vote for UKIP

-31/5/04

A peer well known for her Christian faith is amongst four Tories who have been disciplined by their party for giving their backing to the UK Independence Party.

Baroness Cox, who was created a Life Peer in 1982 and has been a deputy speaker of the House of Lords since 1985, is among several members of the House of Lords to urge voters to back the UKIP in June's European elections

Lady Cox is well known to many Christians as President of the Human Rights group Christian Solidarity Worldwide.

The party whip has now been withdrawn from the Tory peer and three of her colleagues, Lord Willoughby de Broke, Lord Pearson of Rannoch and Lord Stevens of Ludgate.

The peers wrote an open letter calling on people to vote for the UKIP, saying it was the only way to persuade party leader Michael Howard to pull Britain out of the EU.

The letter states: "We urge those who normally vote for one of the main political parties to lend their vote at the European elections on 10 June to the UK Independence Party.

"Only thus will the main parties be persuaded that their policies towards the European Union are not in the national interest.

"It is to that national interest that we all owe our allegiance."

Christians however may well be surprised at the statement signed by Lady Cox, as it appears to fly in the face of Christian teaching which challenges the idea of decision-making based primarily on the basis of the "national interest".

In 1999, the Movement for Christian Democracy of which Baroness Cox has was a member, produced a document suggesting that Christian teaching demands that decisions with regard to the European Union be made primarily on the basis of how they will effect the most vulnerable.

The document pointed out that decisions about a single currency could have a significant impact on weaker nations both inside and outside the European Union, and that making them on the basis of the national interest ignored the most vulnerable.

A biography of the Life Peer was recently written by Andrew Boyd entitled; "Baroness Cox: A Voice for the Voiceless".

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