19 March 2012
Christians to quiz candidates for mayor
Christians will quiz the main candidates running for Mayor of London at a special hustings debate on 18 April.
The event will provide a chance for Christians from churches all over London to challenge the candidates about the big controversies making the headlines, and help to set the agenda for the next four years of London’s politics.
The event will take place at St James’s Church, Piccadilly on 18 April from 6-8pm. Current Mayor Boris Johnson and his key challengers, Ken Livingstone, Brian Paddick and Jenny Jones will all attend. Rev George Pitcher, former religion correspondent for the Daily Telegraph, will chair the debate.
At each of the previous mayoral elections the London Church Leaders group and the Evangelical Alliance have run hustings for the mayoral candidates. This year’s event continues this long-running engagement with the candidates and will show the key role that Christians play in London .
The Rt Rev Peter Wheatley, Bishop of Edmonton said: “This is a great opportunity for churches to engage with the mayoral candidates and hear them respond to our questions and concerns. It will help us make an informed and effective choice for mayor when we vote on 3 May.”
Dr Dave Landrum, director of advocacy for the Evangelical Alliance said: “The Church in London is growing and it’s bringing huge benefits and hope to the capital’s communities. As London votes for a leader this is a chance to see the candidates engage with Christians and encourage them to carry on that relationship when the winner takes office.”
Rev Lucy Winkett, Rector of St James’s Piccadilly said: “We are delighted to be hosting this live debate on the issues of the day, affirming the vital contribution people of faith make to public life.”
For more information and to submit questions in advance, visit www.votelondon.org.uk
Tel: 07766 444 650
Notes to Editors
The Evangelical Alliance
We are the largest and oldest body representing the UK’s two million evangelical Christians. For more than 165 years, we have been bringing Christians together and helping them listen to, and be heard by, the government, media and society. We’re here to connect people for a shared mission, whether it’s celebrating the Bible, making a difference in our communities or lobbying the government for a better society. From Skye to Southampton, from Coleraine to Cardiff, we work across 79 denominations, 3,500 churches, 750 organisations and thousands of individual members. And we're not just uniting Christians within the UK – we are a founding member of the World Evangelical Alliance, a global network of more than 600 million evangelical Christians. For more information, go to www.eauk.org.