General Election resources

Helpful resources to inform your decision at the General Election

 On Thursday 4th July, there will be a General Election. This means people will get a chance to vote on who they want to represent them in parliament.

As the Catechism of the Catholic Church makes clear, we share co-responsibility for the common good and that means a moral obligation to exercise our right to vote.

While it can feel daunting with lots of policies and choices to consider, you can break it down simply. Voting as a Catholic means reflecting on our values and beliefs, examining our conscience, praying on it and then deciding which feels best for our society and our families.

Pope Francis:

“A good Catholic meddles in politics, offering the best of himself, so that those who govern can govern”.

Prior to the General Election being called, Archbishop John Wilson published a pastoral letter on assisted dying. Within the letter, Archbishop John said words which are worth reflecting on when making your decision on who to vote for: 

For our common good and wellbeing, the family must be protected as the fundamental unit of society... Threats to human life, at whatever stage of existence, undermine
our claim to uphold equality in a most fundamental way. 

To help guide you in your decision, various resources have been put together by agencies of the Catholic Church and other external organisations, which we have collated below.

Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales



Catholic Union

Let's end poverty

If you need to register to vote, you can do so online in around 5 minutes. Just visit the website below and follow the instructions. 

Register to vote

Voters now also require ID to vote. Just head to the Electoral Commission to find out more, including how to apply for ID.