PACT and the General Election, East Hampshire Constituency
- March 2015: see details of the Husting in Petersfield 23 April 2015
Election Results 2010
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12 Hours of Prayer: Thursday 6th May - Election Day
PACT held a day of prayer on Thursday 6 May - Election Day. This took place from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm in St Peter's and all Christians in Petersfield and around were invited to take part by praying for all the aspects of the election.
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Husting Organised by PACT: Thursday 22 April 2010
|The Candidates with chairman Rev'd Rob Dewing in St Peter's:|
(Justice and Anti Corruption Party)
Report on the Husting
St Peter’s Church, Petersfield, was packed on the evening of Thursday 22nd April as over 220 people attended the General Election Hustings organised by PACT (Peterfield Area Churches Together).
Four of the candidates for the East Hampshire constituency at the forthcoming General Election took part: Damian Hinds for the Conservatives, Adam Carew for the Liberal Democrats, Jane Edbrooke for the Labour Party and Don Jerrard for the Justice and Anti Corruption Party. The event was chaired by Rev Rob Dewing, the Vicar of St Mary Magdalen, Sheet.
The candidates each made introductory statements, and a series of questions from local constituents, which had been submitted in advance, then followed. Topics ranged from the issue of the growing secularisation of society and the role of voluntary organisations, to listening to the views of local people (and whether this would come before the wishes of party whips in the House of Commons) and housing, local planning and immigration. Some questions from the floor completed the evening, and these concerned pensions, voting systems and help being given to small businesses.
The evening’s wide range of topics provided a variety of answers from the candidates, and all was conducted with seriousness yet good humour too.
Simon Mason, Life Church Petersfield
Questions posed to the candidates
- There seems to have been a deliberate attempt by the last government to increasingly secularise our society. What are your views on this attack on the important spiritual dimension in the life of our nation?
- What is the single most important action you would take to change the public's impression that parliamentary members lack integrity?
- How would you propose to make a difference personally, rather than just being another vote on which your party’s whips could count?
- The past 13 years has seen a continual erosion of the importance of the family as the most important unit in society.
What do you believe can be done to halt this decline and enhance the importance of the family in years to come?
- What do you see as the role of volunteers and voluntary organisations in our communities? How would you support them in this role? Would you agree that the increasing number of regulations governing voluntary activity has reduced the supply of volunteers, especially in informal volunteering?
- To combat Climate Change, the EU is committed to a 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. What are your party’s proposals to achieve this reduction?
- Do you belong to any Friends of Israel group - if so, why? What can or should the next Government be doing as regards the Israel-Palestine conflict, and Jerusalem in particular?
- The destructive growth of housing development, as planned for Whitehill and Bordon, The Causeway, Petersfield and at Clanfield, is driven by excessive population and immigration growth. Will your political party, if it gains power, do anything to limit both the growth in the birthrate and immigration, including EU and non-EU immigration?
- What are your views on housing development considering we are in a national park now, in particular the causeway farm proposals?
- In a free society - and in a Christian country - is it justified that anyone should be denied the right to visually wear a small cross? And should a nurse be hounded for offering to pray for a patient in their care?
- If possible may I ask what the candidates feel about the moral issues of a) Assisted suicide viz Euthanasia and b)'What would be their voting intention when the lowering of the date for legal Abortion is proposed?