16 May 2005
The General Election
Methodist response to the General Election
The Revd Will Morrey, President of the Conference:
"In gaining a third term, the Government has won a notable and historic victory, but one that comes with greatly reduced support and heavy expectations for change during the third term.
This election was marked by attempts to treat immigration and asylum as matters for political point scoring, rather than as serious and important topics. Too many other topics, including global development, were hardly discussed at all. This was against a background of increasing social division in Britain. Too many people are still excluded from playing a full part in the country's social, political and economic life and Britain needs to play its full part in ending global poverty.
We hope that all the political parties will take more responsible, measured positions in the new parliament."