Labour's manifesto offers hope

Labour's election manifesto offers real hope to the country, says Christians on the Left.

The commitment to equality and the pledges to help raise living standards speak to the concerns identified by church leaders, such as the Archbishops of Canterbury and York.

Labour's manifesto states that Labour intends to be:

"the Party of work, family, and community. We believe in a society of trust and mutual obligation, in which we look after the vulnerable, and people can bring up families with hope for a better future."

Church leaders have highlighted rising inequality and a society in which 900,000 people are using food banks. The manifesto answers these concerns:

"We believe that no person should suffer discrimination or a lack of opportunity. The decisions we take in government will always be taken with this in mind. The policies in our manifesto will help remove the barriers that stand in the way of greater equality. We know we achieve more when we work together to challenge the inequalities of power and build a common good."

Labour's manifesto focuses on getting the public finances under control, improving living standards, and promoting economic growth.

Christians on the Left director Andy Flannagan said:
"We can change things through politics, otherwise we are left picking up the pieces from failed government policies and priorities. Labour's manifesto shows that politics does matter and can make a difference. It should give a real boost to our members as they campaign."

Christians on the Left spokesperson Stephen Beer said:
"Labour's manifesto resonates with many of the issues our members and church people in general have been concerned about. The rise in inequality has been seen in churches across the country with more people using food banks and struggling with debt."

Christians on the Left welcomed the pledge to appoint a Global Religious Envoy and a commitment to offering asylum to refugees from the Middle East, but it will look for further action in this area in government.

In line with its longstanding campaign on banking separation, Christians on the Left will also hold a Labour government to Labour's 2012 commitment that if banks did not improve their behaviour, "the next Labour government will once and for all ensure that the high street bank is no longer the arm of a casino operation" and will break up banks by law.

Christians on the Left is the organisation for Christians involved on the left of politics. Affiliated to the Labour Party it counted forty MPs amongst its members in the last parliament and has twenty members standing as new candidates in the General Election.

The manifesto can be found here.

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