Diocese of Manchester

    Use your vote, urge faith leaders

    A statement on behalf of Greater Manchester Faith Leaders

    Our country needs our vote. We urge all people to register and take part in the General Election on 8 June.

    These elections provide great opportunities to learn more about what is important for one another. Our democracy's health depends upon our ability to care for the interests of our fellow human beings, and not simply for ourselves. So we encourage everyone to get to know the individual candidates standing in their constituency - and to learn what they stand for.

    We urge you to vote for people who will promote positive relationships and cohesion between all communities, and who oppose anything that causes racial or religious hatred or prejudice on grounds of race, nationality, gender, orientation or religion. We all have a say on 8 June. Each vote will count. Please make sure you have registered to vote. The deadline is 22nd May. You can register at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

    Supported by:

    From the Christian Churches:
    Rt Revd David Walker, Bishop of Manchester, Church of England
    Bishop John Arnold, Bishop of Salford, Roman Catholic Church
    Archbishop Dr Doyé Teido Agama, Presiding Prelate, Apostolic Pastoral Congress
    Revd Andrew Lunn, Chair, Manchester and Stockport District, Methodist Church
    Revd Andrew Mills, Moderator, North West Synod, United Reformed Church
    Revd Tim Presswood, Transitional Regional Minister, North Western Baptist Association
    Major Alan Watters, Divisional Commander, Greater Manchester, Salvation Army
    Rt Revd Mark Ashcroft, Bishop of Bolton, Church of England
    Rt Revd Mark Davies, Bishop of Middleton, Church of England
    Bishop Clive P Whittle Jr, Apostolic Pastoral Congress, South Manchester
    From the Hindu Community: Dr Girdhari Bhan, National Chair of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (World Council of Hindus) UK
    Mr V Gautam, of Manchester Hindu Community
    Mr A.K. Sinha (Community Co-ordinator, CCDA – A Centre of Excellence of Cultural Diversity, Health, Education and Arts, Manchester)From the Jain Community: Mr Suresh Mehta, Secretary, Board of Trustees, Jain Samaj Manchester
    From the Jewish Community: Mrs Sharon Bannister, President, Jewish Representative Council of Greater Manchester & Region
    Rabbi Jonathan Guttentag, Whitefield Synagogue (Orthodox Judaism)
    Rabbi Reuven Silverman, Manchester Reform Congregation (Reform Judaism)
    Mr David Arnold M.B.E., Co-chair of the Council of Christians and Jews, Manchester Branch
    Mr Louis Rapaport, Co-chair of the Hindu-Jewish Association, Manchester
    From the Muslim Community: Mr Qadir Ahmad Chohan, Chair, Manchester Council of Mosques
    Imam Rashid Musa, Imam, University of Salford
    Mr Zahid Hussain, Eco-Mosque Trustee
    Mr Amer Salam, UK Islamic Mission
    Ms Assia Shah, Chaplaincy, Salford Royal & Pennine Acute Health Trusts, Manchester Airport
    Councillor Nilofar Siddiqi, Sufi Muslim
    From the Sikh Community: Mr Jagtar Singh Ajimal
    From Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service: Ms Yasmin Bukhari, Bridging Cultures Co-ordinator
    Prevention & Protection Directorate, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

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