Bishop John Arnold joins Faith Leaders to issue pre-election statement

On Tuesday, 19th November 2019 Faith Leaders from Greater Manchester including Bishop John Arnold issued a statement in advance of the General Election that will be held Thursday, 12th December 2019.

“We are privileged to live in a secure and democratic society.  We have the freedom to vote for who governs us. We encourage all eligible voters to make full use of the right to vote. Let us build bridges, not walls. Our Faith Communities share many values, among them:

  • The Sanctity of Life
  • The Dignity of the Person
  • The Eradication of Poverty
  • The Care of Our Common Home – this Planet”.

Together, we stand against all forms of anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, anti-Hinduism, prejudicial and discriminatory speech and behaviour.

We respect the integrity of all candidates who aspire to public office. We ask all taking part in this election campaign period to take care in expressing their views, and never to incite hatred or conceal truths. We view with dismay the environment which has caused many to stand down from Parliament at this election because of the way they have been treated by others.

With the right to vote comes the responsibility for us all to work together for the healing of our neighbourhoods and national life.  This opportunity arises from our freedom.  We must never take it for granted.  It is ours to protect, cherish and use.

With the right to vote comes the responsibility for us all to work together for the healing of our neighbourhoods and national life.  This opportunity arises from our freedom.  We must never take it for granted.  It is ours to protect, cherish and use.