The election campaign gives Catholic voters the chance to ensure candidates standing for Parliament address the issues affecting the world’s poorest communities.
Daniel Hale, Head of Campaigns at CAFOD, said:
“The idea of having to go the polling station on the way back from our Christmas shopping isn’t something that will fill many of us with festive joy. But an election is one of the most valuable opportunities we have to bring the voices of our poorest sisters and brothers to people in power – making sure that they are not an ‘afterthought’, as Pope Francis has warned.”
CAFOD and CSAN have produced an election briefing guide with questions to ask the candidates in your constituency.
Four especially important election issues to raise with candidates and parties during this campaign are:
- Aid: What they will do to tackle global poverty and to support overseas aid.
- Climate crisis: The steps they will take to end the UK’s contribution to climate change by putting us on track to reach ‘net zero’ greenhouse gas emissions.
- Trade, refugees and migrants: What they wish Britain’s role in the world to be – especially when negotiating new trade deals if the UK leaves the European Union and how they will make sure refugees and migrants are treated with dignity.
- Domestic poverty: How they will help people trapped in poverty here in England and Wales.