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SCP to field candidate in General Election


The Scottish Christian Party is hoping to field a candidate in the forthcoming general election and a contest is to held in the early new year to select a candidate.



murdomurray smallA £30,000 campaign war chest has been promised to the Scottish Christian Party (SCP) candidate fighting the Western Isles constituency in the forthcoming general election. The party’s political candidate will be chosen in February after a US-style Open Primary contest open to all islanders.

This is thought to be just the second time the American system of allow all voters in an area to select a prospective candidate for an election in the UK. The first was in August when the Sarah Wollaston was picked to fight the Totnes seat for the 2010 general election for the Conservatives.

The candidate selection will be conducted by a secure internet vote and via a computerised telephone poll. The primary will be organised and controlled by the Electoral Reform Service though its £30,000 cost will be borne by the party.

Voting in the Primary will be between Thursday 21 January and Thursday 11 February 2010.

George HargreavesChristian Party leader Rev. George Hargreaves who stood in the Western Isles as a SCP candidate for the Western Isles at the last general election pledged the campaign cash saying: “We are in it to win it. “Whoever wins the prize will be well resourced.”

“The £30,000 campaign fund is the maximum allowed under the law and we are spending a similar amount on the Primary."

The successful candidate will have  a rented campaign office at his disposal in a prime spot in Cromwell Street in Stornoway town centre. The party plans to fight the SNP after blaming the Nationalists for launching a controversial Sabbath ferry into Lewis this summer while Sabbath trading is another issue troubling the party. Rev. Hargreaves has stated: 

 

“In 2010 and 2011 the Scottish Christian Party shall run election campaigns based on building on the strengths of the Western Isles, not destroying them. We intend to see the people of the Western Isles united behind it uniqueness, not divided by its diversity.”

 

Mr. Hargreaves also believes that the Calman report could benefit the Scottish islands. He said that the 10 pence (income) tax should be used to advantage for the Western Isles and peripheral islands to attract new business and attract population to the islands

The presence of the Scottish Christian Party in the Western Isles election fight could well upset the two-horse race between the SNP and Labour. It will also impact on any opportunity or desire that there might be for a local Christian to stand as an independent.

murdomurray small1In the 2007 elections for the Scottish Parliament Mr. Murdo Murray, a former Technical Director with Western Isles Council stood as a List Candidate for the SCP.

Mr. Murray participated in a recent on-line discussion regarding the Sunday sailing issue and the wider subject of Christian representation in the political process.

Audio iconIn the course of the discussion Christians Together interviewed Mr. Murray on a range of issues affecting the Western Isles. It is understood that Mr. Murray was not present at a recent public meeting in Stornoway hosted by Rev. Hargreaves.


Christians Together, 24/12/2009

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Peter Carr 31/12/2009 14:42
Wishing all my fellow Christians on CT a braw New Year...

Romans 15:13 (New International Version)

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."
Peter Carr 04/01/2010 19:13
This is likely to be the most important general election in the last 100 years. I wonder how the SCP (The Christian Party in Scotland) intend to get their voice heard above the cacophany of other (well established) political voices, particularly with the economy playing such a major role?
Tom Forrest (Guest) 09/01/2010 08:41
Passage of information from leadership to candidates was in my opinion the main failing. The radical stone them and burn them approach does not appeal to the majority of Christians.The average person, although not daily quoting the Scriptures, does live by the Book and follow it's teachings. These are the voters we need to attract.
John Parker (Guest) 09/01/2010 10:02
The problem for any 'Christian' party lies in the definition of that term. It could (on the one hand) be seen as merely supportive of 'Christian values' in which case its policies will be 'value-centred'. In this case there will inevitably be division (at some future date) because values differ from person to person. If 'love' is a value then same-sex marriages should be permissible along with conventional heterosexual marriage. Indeed it could be argued that polygamy should also be permitted.

However if the term 'Christian' means 'followers of Christ and God's word' then that closely defines what a party with this name would believe. And that party would (if Jesus' words are anything to go by) run counter to prevailing (and popular) trends i.e. the party would lack popular appeal and support.

There is also the question of course about the extent of Jesus's involvement with the prevailing political authorities of His day. The only major contact he had was at the end of his life - and that was when they crucified him on trumped-up charges.
Alec (Guest) 09/01/2010 10:15
"The radical stone them and burn them approach does not appeal to the majority of Christians"

Phew, thats a relief..... I would suggest it doesnt appeal to much of the secular population either.....

(Is this April the 1st by any chance?)

Anyway, some of you guys, esp the homophobic ones might want to look in your own backyards a bit first - Christianity and politics isnt exactly a pretty picture right now is it?

I am of course referring to the appalling hypocrisy of the Iris Robinson / toyboy affair

Apart for making christianity look ridiculous, it also has implications for the whole NI peace process. If the DUP falls apart over this, Sinn Fein becomes the majority party.

Mind you evangelical hypocrisy is hardly new. Ted Haggard did it in spectacular fashion a few years ago - and of course the whole thing blew up when, wait for it, Dawkins was on tour in the States! The timing couldnt be worse

And then there is the lovely Todd Bentley, the latest greatest "big thing" - turned out to be another chancer (although anyone with an atom of discernment could have spotted that a mile off)

Of course the SCP and its supporters being True Evangelicals (TM) would never get involved in affairs or stuff like that would they now?

Meanwhile secularists and neo-atheists are rubbing their hands in glee.

Politics and Religion is a dangerous mix.

Let Christians work through established parties - most of the existing parties have had honourable members of parliament making a stand for many a year -on all sides of the spectrum
Peter Carr 09/01/2010 12:46
Alec, if you (or I) want to find fault in human beings (including Christians) we won't have to look too far. Sin is a problem for us all;

Romans 3:23 (New International Version)
"...for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God..."

It is always sad when Christians (of all shades) fall from grace publicly. It also sadder when fellow Christians (of all shades) are quick to condemn them;

Genesis 4:7 (New International Version)
"If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it."

All Christians have responsibility to control sin in our lives, which includes the sin of judging;

Matt 7: 1 - 2 " "Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."

But you are right, anyone standing for SCP on an evangelical ticket, needs to be aware of the pitfalls!!
Peter Carr 09/01/2010 12:51
John said, "However if the term 'Christian' means 'followers of Christ and God's word' then that closely defines what a party with this name would believe. And that party would (if Jesus' words are anything to go by) run counter to prevailing (and popular) trends i.e. the party would lack popular appeal and support"

That's right John, hence I argued strongly last year that if SCP are to have any success in today's culture, then it needs to be on a moral rather than an evangelical ticket!
Alec (Guest) 09/01/2010 14:18
Peter

I appreciate what you are saying, and yes we all fall short, but what particularly irks me is this massive hypocrisy. In the case of Iris Robinson, she is on record as having said some very hurtful and homophobic things. Its not as if its some minor transgression, like having one too many drinks and falling over - it is serious stuff that makes a mockery of what she professes to believe.

It is HUGELY damaging to the Christian cause

And because politics are involved in a part of the UK where there has been centuries of religious / political strife, it is even worse.

The problem is, this sort of thing just seems to keep on happening, all over the supposedly Christian evangelical landscape.

It is bad enough having to put up with pentacostal lunatics and knuckle dragging YECs who in the words of Christian geologist Davis A Young, make christianity look like "anti-intellectual obscurantism"

http://www.skepticfiles.org/evolut/crebad.htm

Christianity could do with some good PR for a change!
Penny Lee 09/01/2010 15:02
Alec,

I it not also the case that many people align themselves to some religious group purely for their own agenda but who have not an ounce of true belief in God? Anyone can call themselves a Christian but it doesn't mean a thing to God. He only ever looks at the heart, as should we.

I don't understand why the world always demands answers from Christians when someone seriously transgresses and is known to occasionally attend church/mass or whatever. If I were to claim that I was the Pope's daughter, would that place a responsibility on him to prove otherwise.

We can't always be trying to defend ourselves against those who disgrace themselves and display our 'label'. Rather we should live as God tells us to and the world will see the difference for themselves.
John Parker (Guest) 09/01/2010 15:19
Hi Peter, you said -
"That's right John, hence I argued strongly last year that if SCP are to have any success in today's culture, then it needs to be on a moral rather than an evangelical ticket!"

The problem is that the Taliban claim to be fighting on a moral ticket also. If a party fights on a moral ticket then we have to ask the question "Who's morals?" And once we do, Christians are obliged to say "God's morals as defined in the Bible." So I'm afraid that there is a 'no-win' situation facing a (truly) Christian party.

Widen the appeal (by becoming a 'moral' party) and you are open to anything. And this is not to mention the catastrophic consequences if there is a slip.
Imagine if the lady in N. Ireland was heading up a 'morals-based' party. That party would be now be effectively dead.

On the other hand if it is an (evangelical/Biblical) Christian party then it has a very narrow appeal (Jesus talked about the 'narrow gate' and few who find it.)
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