18 April 2006

Local Elections 2006: It's time to get involved

As Local Authority Elections draw near and candidates begin to canvas for support, the Methodist Church is encouraging people to get involved and ask their candidates the hard questions.

The elections take place in England on Thursday 4 May and 'Local Elections 2006', a new briefing from the Methodist Church, encourages voters to take an interest in what's going on.

The Church's engagement with government on social and political issues has always sprung from a concern for the disadvantaged in society and this is reflected in the Questions for Candidates section of the briefing. Suggested questions cover a wide range of important issues such including council tax, recycling and childcare.

Alison Jackson, Secretary for Parliamentary and Political Affairs, said; 'We would encourage everyone to take an interest in the Local Authority Elections. Local authorities have a very direct effect on our lives. It's about how our children are educated, how our elderly are cared for, what provision is made for the homeless, whether we have enough open space.

'The Questions for Candidates section is designed to help people to build up a greater understanding of the issues and consider how this might affect their lives and the life of their community. This briefing gives people a starting point for thinking about where to place their vote.'

The briefing is available online at
www.methodist.org.uk/index.cfm?fuseaction=news.content&cmid=1051, together with information about combating political extremism and a recent Methodist Church statement on the BNP front organisation 'Christian Council of Britain'.

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