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21 April 2010

Press release

Get out and vote

Get out and vote

Evangelical Alliance Wales is supporting a number of hustings in the build up to the general election, a number of which are being chaired by Jim Stewart, the Alliance's National Assembly Liaison Officer

This organisation represents nearly 60,000 followers in Wales and these events will provide opportunities for Christians to quiz prospective parliamentary candidates.

Elfed Godding, national director of Evangelical Alliance Wales said: "There are a number of marginal constituencies in Wales and it's vital that Christians and people of faith get out and vote in order to articulate the issues that matter most to them.

"Christians in Wales feel deeply about political issues and we want our voice to be heard. Protecting human life, protecting marriage, and protecting freedom of conscience are foundational for creating and maintaining strong families, caring communities and a just society. Our Christian faith compels us to speak and act in defence of all these".

The hustings are as follows:

Monday 26 April: Cardiff Central (Highfields Free Church)

Tuesday 27 April: Bridgend (Brackla Tabernacle)

Tuesday 27 April: Conwy (Capel Salem, Colwyn Bay)

Thursday 29 April: Newport West (Bethel Community Church)

Friday 30 April: Cardiff North (Rhiwbina Baptist Church)

Sunday 2 May: Swansea West (Parklands Church)

Evangelical Alliance Wales is raising three issues for voters to consider during this general election.

Firstly that the new government will ensure that the UK's poorest people will not lose out as it seeks to resolve the nation's colossal debt.

Secondly that the new government will commit itself to social justice. Wealth creation and entrepreneurship is to be encouraged so that the whole of society may benefit and not a privileged few.

Thirdly that the new government will ensure that Christians and other people of faith are allowed to express their views and organise themselves without the intrusive intervention of the state.

If you would like your church to host a hustings or require more information about forthcoming hustings please contact Jim Stewart at j.stewart@eauk.org

Media Enquiries

Danny Webster
Tel: 07766 444 650
Email: d.webster@eauk.org

Notes to Editors

Evangelical Alliance Wales was started in 1990 and is a part of the UK Evangelical Alliance and the World Evangelical Alliance, both established in 1846 – the latter of which today has a global membership of 380 million. Evangelical Alliance Wales represents Christians and churches from within over 20 denominations in Wales to the government and media. The Evangelical Alliance Wales has a Media Voice Team that can be contacted via wales@eauk.org

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.