Last week the Lib Dem Christian Forum hosted a roundtable, which brought together faith-based organisations and leading Lib Dem party figures to discuss the international development policies in the 2015 manifesto.
Christian Aid, Tearfund, CAFOD, the Salvation Army, the Quakers and the Church of England were among those represented at the meeting, which was chaired by Duncan Hames MP. The discussion focussed on economic, social and environmental issues, and key problems that were raised to be tackled were climate change, tax avoidance and inequality. Some of the policy ideas suggested may well end up in the manifesto, which will be published in the winter months.
LDCF Director, Claire Mathys, said:
“Faith-based organisations play an extremely important role in the international development field, serving many of the most vulnerable people around the world. We really value the work that they do, and recognise that they have experience and knowledge that needs to be shared with politicians.
We were delighted to host this roundtable, and give these organisations the opportunity to speak directly to influential people in the Liberal Democrats including MPs and Peers. This is one way we can be the bridge between the party and the Christian community. The policy ideas that were offered have already started to have an impact.
The next few months will be crucial for deciding what goes in the manifestos of all the political parties. We would love to see Christians involved in shaping the future of the country by feeding into the manifesto processes. In the Lib Dems, it is easy to have a say – you can submit an idea here or come to our conferencewhere we discuss and vote on policy."