Churches to play key role in General Election polls
Church buildings will play a key role in this year’s General Election with nearly one in five of the UK’s polling places being a church building.
Research by the National Churches Trust has revealed that 5,967 of the 31,855 places where the public can cast their votes for this year’s election will be in a church building.
Church buildings will represent 19% of the total of this year’s General Election polling places, which are the physical locations of polling stations.
The National Churches Trust has also provided information about the number of polling places in the constituencies where a number of party leaders are standing for election.
Current Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party, David Cameron will be standing in the Witney constituency, which will have 6% of polling places made up of church buildings.
In comparison, leader of the Labour Party, Ed Miliband, who will be standing in the constituency of Doncaster North, will have double of Mr Cameron’s percentage, with 12% of his constituency’s polling places being made up of church buildings.
UKIP’s leader, Nigel Farage has another significant 6% rise on Mr Miliband’s total, with 18% of his South Thanet constituency’s polling places represented by church buildings.
However, the highest percentage of church building polling places for a party leader goes to Liberal Democrats leader, Nick Clegg. Mr Clegg’s constituency of Sheffield Hallam has 40% of its polling places made up of church buildings.