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Last Updated: Saturday, 30 April, 2005, 09:48 GMT 10:48 UK
Bishop criticises sketch writers
The Right Reverend Jonathan Gledhill, Bishop of Lichfield
The Bishop has urged all christians to vote
The Bishop of Lichfield has criticised sketch writers for mocking candidates in the run-up to the General Election.

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."



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