10 May 2010
Election result statement from the Evangelical Alliance
The Evangelical Alliance calls for a Government to be formed as soon as reasonably possible. Following the lack of any overall winner there is a need for the political parties to show a willingness to engage with each other to ensure that the UK is not left without clear political leadership
Steve Clifford, general director of the Evangelical Alliance, said: "This indecisive result could lead to political instability, but it could also be the beginning of a new political era.
"The last thing this country needs is weeks of internal partisan wrangling. Why don't the party leaders show that there is a better way, one that reflects the reason so many came into politics - to go beyond petty rivalries and work together to serve the people they have now been elected to represent."
Mr Clifford recognised that the priority for the incoming government will be securing economic recovery. "Our economy is still fragile and our national debt is colossal, and I think that we realise difficult decisions will have to be made and the level of public services we are used to may not be sustainable. But in taking these difficult decisions I ask that whatever form the Government takes they remember what was asked of the apostle Paul, to remember the poor."
During the election campaign churches held hustings in at least 250 constituencies across the country, and Mr Clifford encouraged Christians to build on this goodwill with politicians and develop good relationships with their MPs.
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.