Many factors likely to tip Christians toward voting Conservative
The Mail on Sunday has the story about Labour's plan to scrap the voting rights of Anglican Bishops in the House of Lords:
It's largely an academic point. I can't see how Labour can deliver Lords reform before the next election and it will be a low priority for an incoming Conservative government.
Labour could lose a great deal of the Anglican vote at the next election. The Bishops lambasted Labour's economic and social policies last December. On Radio 4 this morning - on the Sunday programme - the retiring Bishop of Hulme criticised Labour's attempts to force Christians into alliances with other faith communities.
Other factors likely to tip Christian voters towards the Conservatives:
- David Cameron's pledge to recognise marriage in the tax system.
- The Conservative commitment to move towards 0.7% of GDP being spent on overseas development.
- The Church of England is particularly enthusiastic about the Tory commitment to faith schools. See last month's Church Times.
- Tory MPs and candidates' views on restricting abortion.
- Dominic Grieve's support for free speech in defending "temperate criticism" of homosexuality.
Of course, Labour MP Tom Harris is right. There are Christians in all parties but the shift among churchgoers might be a big factor at the next election.
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