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Churches quiz politicians ahead of Welsh local elections

Thu 03 Mar 2016
By Hannah Tooley

A network of Welsh churches is encouraging people to vote in the local elections through a series of videos.

The films made by Cytûn, the Churches Together in Wales organisation, feature candidates from the four main parties standing in the May 5th elections being questioned on various issues.

The Salvation Army produced the films.

In one video, leaders are quizzed by a vicar who fears her rural neighbourhood in Ceredigion is 'closing down' because of a fall in milk and lamb prices and delays in farmer's payments, as well poor internet, education and transport facilities.

Another features a Salvation Army housing support worker struggling to find shelter for homeless people in Cardiff.

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Canon Carol Wardman, Church in Wales bishop's advisor for Church and Society, told Premier: "As churches we're very much part of the community, we're very, very concerned about the issues people face all the time, so it's a very important part of the churches mission and outreach to the world that we show we're concerned about the kind of issues that impact on people's lives and not just whether or not they turn up to church on Sunday.

"We want people to be aware of the kind of issues that the government of Wales deals with.

"We can also point some people towards some of the underlying ethics and issues they should be thinking about and not just voting along their self-interested lines, or along perhaps some of the knee-jerk political party lines, but thinking about how will this affect other people in their community."

Listen to Premier's Hannah Tooley speak to Canon Carol Wardman here:


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