Free Churches issue briefing on European elections

By staff writers
10 May 2014

The Joint Public Issues Team of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church in Britain and the United Reformed Church have issued a briefing on the elections for the European Parliament which take place in the UK on 22 May 2014.

It offers a tool for reflection on some key issues, from immigration and tax to the environment and human rights and suggests questions which might be posed to candidates.

European Parliament elections often attract a low turnout of voters in the UK. Only a third of voters participated in the 2009 European elections, compared to two thirds who voted in the 2010 General Election.

Church buildings are traditional sites of hustings for domestic and international elections across Britain.

The major church denominations never back any particular party, but raise issues of broad concern to do with social justice, environment, peace and more.

They have also highlighted the danger of the rise of far-right parties and racist undertones in UK elections.

* The Free Churches' briefing can be read here: http://www.jointpublicissues.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/European-Election...

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