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Bishop urges vigilance on issues following General Election

The Bishop of Portsmouth said he is relieved by the election defeat of political parties committed to liberalising Britain’s abortion laws, but he is “not particularly enthused” by the Conservative Party agenda.

In last week’s General Election, the Conservatives gained 47 seats, the largest increase for his party since Margaret Thatcher won a third term in 1987, giving the party a Commons majority of 80 seats.

The opposition Labour Party suffered its worst defeat since 1935, and the Liberal Democrats, the third-largest party, won only 11 seats.

Bishop Philip Egan said he was relieved by the result because he had been “horrified” by manifesto promises made by the losing parties to strip criminal sanctions from the abortion law so that the procedure was available on demand.

The two parties had “an anti-life agenda, particularly on abortion, so I am delighted that that direction has been stopped,” he told Catholic News Service.

However, Bishop Egan said he had concerns about social care of the most needy and noted that the “false anthropologies” underpinning the radical social policies of the other parties also were operative within the Conservative Party.

“You have got to be vigilant, because things are coming through the education authorities, the health service and the social services,” Bishop Egan said. “What was difficult was that the other parties had tuned into those ideologies and wanted to further them more.”

Picture: Prime Minister Boris Johnson waves after meeting with Queen Elizabeth in London to ask for permission to form a government on 13th December 2019. In the 12th December General Election, Johnson’s Conservatives won a majority of 80 seats, the largest for his party since Margaret Thatcher won a third term in 1987. (CNS photo/Lisi Niesner, Reuters).

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