Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Newham Recorder: 'Duty to vote' says Bishop of Barking

BISHOP of Barking, the Right Reverend David Hawkins, has urged all church members and people of goodwill to vote in tomorrow's London elections as "a Christian duty" not least where as little as 5 per cent for the British National Party (BNP) could give them a seat at City Hall.

"Whoever else we vote for we must stop racist politics making gains in London and elsewhere," he said.

A joint paper between the Bishop and the Churches Racial Justice Network claims to articulate a "strong and informed" response to racist politics, based on the Christian belief that all people are created as ONE race, the human race.

His call is joined by other London clergy including Parish priests in Bethnal Green. Read more
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