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12 February 2010

Press release

Young Christians will buck the trend and vote, says Evangelical Alliance

Young Christians will buck the trend and vote, says Evangelical Alliance

An overwhelming majority of young evangelical Christians are planning to vote in the upcoming General Election, the Evangelical Alliance has revealed as it launches its election website.

Eighty-one percent of 18 to 24-year-olds surveyed at Soul Survivor's 'Momentum' event last summer said they plan to vote - more than double the percentage of people in the same age bracket who voted at the last general election.

Evangelical Alliance Parliamentary Officer Daniel Webster said: "Young evangelicals are going to buck the trend and take part in the coming election. Rather than being turned off from politics, these findings show that young adults care about a wide range of issues and will take these views to the ballot box.

"Our website, with its summaries of the main parties' policies, will help them and other voters as they decide how to place that all-important vote."

The Evangelical Alliance's new General Election 2010 website aims to give information to voters about how a general election works, a brief introduction to each of the major parties and an outline of what their policies are on a range of issues. It also gives local churches advice on how they can play their part by holding hustings events.

Steve Webb, MP for Northavon, said: "Some of the liveliest debates that I take part in at election time are organised by the local churches. It is important for Christians to get informed and get involved at election time, and this is an excellent way for churches to reach out to people in their local area at the same time.

"I would encourage local churches to get together and make sure that hustings are taking place across their constituency."

The Alliance's election website can be found at http://www.eauk.org/public-affairs/elections/index.cfm. The site promotes no particular party, but encourages Christians to engage in the political process.

ENDS

Media Enquiries

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

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.