General election: seven ways to build a better world

8 May 2017

Pope Francis says, "love is civic and political"

The general election 2017 comes at a crucial time. We cannot stand by. We all have a role in shaping a better world and we must work with politicians to be and do the best they can.

As Catholics, we are called to love our neighbours and stand up for the common good. Here are seven ideas to inspire you to put your faith into action.    

1. Vote!

Your MP represents your voice in parliament. So on Thursday 8 June, go and vote at your local polling station. If you haven't already, you’ll need to register to vote by Monday 22 May.

2. Get ready to challenge your candidates   

During this election campaign, your parliamentary candidates will want to hear what issues matter most to you. Download our election briefing to read up on important questions to ask on global poverty and climate change. Don’t worry- you don’t have to be an expert!

3. Ask an election question

Email your local parliamentary candidates directly from our website with an election question. You can also question your candidates if they phone you or come knocking at your door. By speaking up, you can encourage all those seeking election to act on behalf of the world's poorest communities.

My message would be to get involved, go to any gatherings or parliamentary hustings. Test your candidates on the issues you care about. I did that at the last election and it was very telling.

Trevor Stockton, CAFOD supporter, Birmingham archdiocese

4. Go to a hustings meeting

Hustings are local meetings where all candidates are invited to respond to questions from an audience. Find out if there’s a hustings meeting in your area and challenge your candidates in person. Find out what Susan got up to at her parish hustings before the last general election.  

5. Pray with us

Pray for your election candidates at this time, and for God’s guidance as we seek to bring about a world transformed. Download our new prayer and share it with your friends and family.  

6. Keep speaking up  

Sign up to the Speak Up week of action from 1-9 July. This is your chance to make sure the concerns of the world’s poorest people are on your MP’s agenda, just a few weeks after they have been elected.

7. Share your stories

However you’re planning to get involved with the general election, we’d love to hear how you get on. Tell us what you’re doing on Facebook, Twitter or by email.





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