Lord Alton calls on voters to put conscience before party dogma
Voters should insist that denying the right to life should equally deny a candidate the right to your vote, a Catholic crossbench peer has said.
Lord David Alton of Liverpool warned political parties and their candidates that they “gravely underestimate millions of the quiet people of Britain” when they assume that no-one reads the small print in their manifestos before casting their vote accordingly.
Speaking recently at Oxford University’s Keble College, Lord Alton pointed out that many people had read the Labour Party’s commitment to bring in a new law to permit abortion up to birth and the Liberal Democrats’ commitment to abortion up to 24 weeks into pregnancy.
“This is a licence to kill babies which can be born and live,” he said.
“Combined with the delisting and deselection of candidates, because they dare to question the humanity of ending the lives of 9 million babies in the womb, this trespasses into an area which was once entirely a matter of conscience and a subject worthy of free speech.”
Lord Alton noted that along with the Conservative Party, the Opposition parties have also supported the imposition of abortion in Northern Ireland, thus “making a mockery of devolution”.
“All of this, and their combined refusal to support legislation to strengthen conscience provision – for people like midwives who do not want to be involved in one abortion every three minutes – reveals an illiberalism that discredits democratic politics,” the crossbench peer warned.
“Conscience, constituents, country should come before conformism to Party dogma.
“I salute those brave candidates, from all parties, who have signalled their willingness to be politically courageous rather than politically correct, to insist that both lives matter, and to speak truth to power, and to vote accordingly in Parliament.
“I hope that before casting their votes electors will establish where their local candidates stand and put the very right to life above all other considerations,” Lord Alton added.
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