The Bishop of Lichfield has criticised sketch writers for mocking candidates in the run-up to the General Election.
The Bishop has urged all christians to vote
The Rt Rev Jonathan Gledhill also used his pre-poll message to worshippers to urge the electorate to perform their "Christian duty" by voting.
In a message e-mailed to all churches in the diocese, he said: "We need to value all politicians who seek to serve their communities.
"The least we can do is cast our votes and pray for a good team to be chosen."
He said he had met and talked to almost all of the MPs who represented the area in the last parliament: "I was impressed by their integrity and genuine desire to serve their constituency.
"They do not deserve the constant mockery of the sketch writers."
The Bishop added: "It is a Christian duty to vote; and I want to encourage members of our congregations and all people of good will to turn out next Thursday to play their vital part in our democratic process."