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12 May 2010

New Government response

The Evangelical Alliance has congratulated David Cameron and Nick Clegg for coming together to form a Government and called for them to lead in a spirit of trust and co-operation.

Steve Clifford, General Director of the Evangelical Alliance, said: "Out of the potential chaos that followed Thursday's indecisive result, we have seen our political leaders act with a dignity that accords their high office. 

"I hope that the coming weeks and months will see a co-operative approach embodied in British politics.  This is a chance to restore trust in the political system and show that politics can work for the benefit of all." 

He paid tribute to Gordon Brown and the many outgoing MPs who have given dedicated service to this country for many years.

"I hope that the coming weeks and months will see the dawn of a new cooperative approach to British politics. As difficult decisions are faced, I ask that compassion is centre stage and David Cameron and Nick Clegg lead a government that is defined by its integrity and its commitment to act humbly and pursue justice.

"This is a chance for an emphasis on responsibilities rather than rights and to encourage broad civil liberties."

Mr Clifford called on churches to work closely with their MPs - and local government - to strengthen the political system and provide a link to the community they represent. 

"This is a new opportunity not just for our politicians, but for all of us to explore how working together - while undoubtedly challenging - can be more effective than going it alone," he said.

"I ask that many will join with me in praying for David Cameron and Nick Clegg as they take up their new roles, that they will be granted wisdom in the decisions they take and peace amid the inevitable storms that will come their way."