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Quakers question Government on key topics as countdown to general election starts

by Tola Mbakwe

The announcement came after a general election was called for 12th December.

The Christian group said in a statement that it seeks "something of God in everyone and that leads them to work for justice for all".

It said their "commitment to truth, peace, equality and simplicity leads to five priorities: climate crisis, migration, criminal justice, peace and disarmament, and the nature of the debate".
Quakers in Britain said it is a time to influence future decision-makers.

It has called for the UK to commit to transition to a net-zero carbon economy in order to tackle effects of climate change.

Regarding crime justice, Quakers want "a system of restorative justice that transforms individuals, communities and countries for the better".

They have urged the future government to invest in health, education and housing to "help address the inequalities that lead people to commit crime".

The group has also mandated the language used by politicians is fair.

"Quakers are concerned by the violent language being used in the political arena," it said in a statement.

"They call on everyone involved... to listen to each other, seek the truth and seek common ground from which to move forward.

"Humanity needs leaders of integrity and conscience, ready to be held to account by individuals and institutions, national and international."

Quakers across Britain are engaging with politicians using the hashtag #GE2019.

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