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Gay marriage costs Tories thousands of church votes

19 Feb 2015

David Sanderson

Conservative party support for gay marriage “turbocharged” Anglican disillusionment with politics, it was claimed yesterday, as figures showed that tens of thousands of Christians were preparing to ditch their support for the Tories.

Senior figures from the Anglican communion said the government’s fast-tracking of the redefinition of marriage had alarmed many Christians. They said it may have played a role in the House of Bishops releasing its controversial letter on Tuesday which claimed Britain’s political culture was broken. The Pastoral Letter is followed today by a survey from the Evangelical Alliance which indicates that tens of thousands of its members would be changing their vote from Conservative in May’s election.

The survey of members of the alliance, which claims to be an umbrella organisation for up to 2 million evangelical Christians, found that 40 per cent were going to change their vote from 2010. Labour support grew from 22 per cent to 31 per cent, while Conservative support dropped from 40 per cent to 28 per cent. Liberal Democrat support also drained away while Ukip grew from 2 per cent to 12 per cent.

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