Towards a Politics for the Common Good (13/4/15)


Towards a Politics for the Common Good


Together for the Common Good partnered with St Martin's-in-the-Fields in the run-up to the 2015 UK General Election to bring together a panel of eminent parliamentarians from different political parties to ask 'can we work together to cultivate a politics for the common good?'  The speakers were Alistair Burt (Conservative), Dominic Grieve (Conservative), David Lammy (Labour), Stephen Timms (Labour) and theologians  Revd Dr Sam Wells (St Martin-in-the-Fields) and Dr Anna Rowlands (Durham University). 


Melanie McDonagh, in the Evening Standard said 'By looking, as the Church did last night, for the best in politics and politicians, we may get something better and bigger than the politics we’ve got'. Click here to listen to a podcast of the event, or click on the picture above for a video of edited highlights. Scroll down to view videos of the individual speeches.

The debate asked: how can we, as we exercise our democratic right to vote, best serve the Christian principles we believe in? And, is it possible to see the issues of our time through a different lens? Can we work together to cultivate a politics for the common good? Rather than a hustings, our guest parliamentarians responded to questions posed by theologians, and discussed their approaches to key election issues in the light of Christian social and ethical teaching. The audience of over 400 participated in a Q&A from the floor.  The debate was chaired by Professor Nicholas Sagovsky, co-editor of the T4CG book.  We were sorry that Sarah Teather (Liberal Democrat) was unwell and unable to attend.


The event was filmed by our partners at CoVi. Please click on the pictures below to view videos of each of the panellists. 

Anna Rowlands and link to video

Dr Anna Rowlands, Durham University

David Lammy and link to video

David Lammy (Labour)

Dominic Grieve (Conservative)

Sam Wells and link to video

Revd Dr Sam Wells, St Martin-in-the-Fields

Alistair Burt (Conservative)

Stephen Timms (Labour)

Photo credits: Adrian Harris; CoVi