The General Election is on Thursday 7 May.
This section of the site will keep you up-to-date with list of locally organised hustings and events in the run up to the election, election news stories and helpful resources and information for churches. None of this material is intended to promote any one political party.
Please send us news of any events being hosted by your church to web [at] westyorkshiredales.anglican.org
A Guide to holding a Hustings Meeting
Download this handy PDF from Churches Together in Britain and Ireland
Bishop Nick chairs hustings for NE Leeds at St Barnabas Alwoodley.
The House of Bishops issue pastoral letter - February 17
The House of Bishops of the Church of England have expressed the hope for political parties to discern "a fresh moral vision of the kind of country we want to be" ahead of the General Election in May of this year.
In a pastoral letter from the House of Bishops to the people and parishes of the Church of England, the Bishops urge Christians to consider the question how can we "build the kind of society which many people say they want but which is not yet being expressed in the vision of any of the parties?"
*NEW - House of Bishops Letter 'Study Guide' for groups published
A study guide designed to promote discussion about the House of Bishops' Pastoral Letter for the General Election has been issued by the Church of England. The online document, aimed at individual and group study, includes a short summary of each section of the Pastoral Letter and offers questions for consideration and conversation. The guide also suggest passages from the Bible for study included in the Letter and prayers for the General Election.
Seven key seats in West Yorkshire and the Dales
Are you in a key Election Constituency? As we draw closer to the general election Hope for the Future - which is hoping to have an influence on climate change – has developed a target constituency interactive map, which shows marginal seats and seats with prominent sitting MPs. See if you are in a key seat on the interactive map here
Christians in Politics - Show up
The charity Christian in Politics have created this video to promote engagement with politics and real-world issues.
Preparing for the UK General Election: Good Society and Hustings resources from Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI)
With the General Election fast approaching, 2015 is a year of decision. Our society is facing some fundamental challenges – rising levels of poverty, inequality and austerity, a housing crisis, challenges facing children and young people and the prospect of climate crisis. This isn’t new, but whoever forms the next government has a tough job and key decisions ahead. These will ultimately shape the type of society that we become. In such circumstances, the churches have a major role to play, both in hosting local hustings meetings and in stimulating discussion about the kind of ‘good society’ we want to live in and the vision and values which underpin it.
To this end CTBI’s special General Election website www.churcheselection.org.uk is a useful resource. You can download the briefing on organising a local hustings event; register details of your own event and search for events happening near you.
The website also contains a range of election related resources, including CTBI’s own ‘2020 Vision of the Good Society’ discussion document, as well as briefings and events from member churches and others.
Guidelines from the Church of England
A PDF of guidelines issues by the Church of England can be found below. This offers guidance on the legal implications of holding a hustings event, and the importance of maintaining impartiality at these. It also highlights the legal implications of campaigning on a particular issue.
Hope for the Future
The Hope for the Future campaign started at a meeting of the Environmental Officers of the dioceses of Yorkshire and the North East in late summer 2013. Since then it has grown into small but dedicated team encouraging churches to engage with political lobbying on climate change issues. You can find out more here: http://www.hftf.org.uk/new-page-1/