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In seven days' time, the closest election in a generation will take place. We canvassed the political views of a variety of Christians and found they too are split over who to vote for.
‘I will almost certainly vote Conservative – I trust them most with the economy. It’s a tough one though, because things like zero-hours contracts and housing (which I care about) tend to be more Labour territory. I’d also like to see the UK leave Europe, so I guess I should also be voting UKIP!' Mark
‘I’m not sure if I’m going to vote. If I don’t, it will be the first time ever. The political class has lost all credibility for me and I’m not sure I will be able to trust any pre-election promises made.’ Luke
‘The UK has degenerated from a confident world power to a guilt ridden society that lacks vision. Our problem is fundamentally a spiritual one, a widespread apostasy from the Christian faith, but nonetheless we are invited to seek the best political solution we can this May. We need new political parties to redress the imbalances of the old. That is why I am voting UKIP. Whether its points-based immigration policies to protect our borders and defend our culture, opposition to gay marriage, upholding Christian beliefs and values in the public sphere, the reduction of the corrupt and excessive Foreign Aid budget, the return of grammar schools to restore social mobility, or saving billions in EU contributions, UKIP will return to the British people the power to rule ourselves and make our own laws.’ Laurence
‘I’ll probably be voting Lib Dem as I agree with the coalition policies more than any other. I think Labour gave benefits away willy-nilly and encouraged a “something for nothing” culture, but I think the Tories let the rich get away with too much, eg tax evasion. So a middle ground is where my vote lies. I agree with aspects of all the parties’ policies, even Green and UKIP make sense on certain matters, but no one party encapsulates all of what I’d stand for as a Christian. I guess I’d vote Christian Democrat, but we don’t have them in this country, so Lib Dem is as near as I get!’ Kate
‘I joined the Scottish Green Party recently for several reasons. The main one is a determination to create an economy which benefits everybody, not just a wealthy few at the top. Austerity has punished the weakest and most vulnerable in our society and made them the scapegoats for our economic ills. I believe that the Green economic plan, including a living wage of £10 per hour and a citizens’ income, is closer to what we see in Matthew 25 than the old traditional parties. That’s not to mention the Greens’ policies on climate change, scrapping Trident and a less confrontational immigration policy. My decisions are informed in a large way by my faith and Jesus’ views on social justice, poverty, and standing up for the marginalised in society.’ Darren
‘People are disaffected with politics. Incidents that show a lack of integrity have impacted the public’s confidence in politicians. The parties have been too slow to address it, resulting in a last-minute rush to step up to the plate to convince the public on these key issues. I am at present undecided about how to vote and who I can really trust to deliver what they promise.’ Sandra
‘The Green Party’s policies, on tax, welfare, social justice and the environment are closest to my own values. Unfortunately a vote for the Greens would be a wasted one where I live. Therefore, I’ll be voting for Labour, in the hope that Ed Miliband stays closer to his left wing background and the roots of his party – I believe the politics of Jesus is about protecting the most vulnerable in society and building a fairer economic system, and somewhere in the back corridors of Labour HQ, they might still believe that.’ Jamie
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