In the recent elections in the United Kingdom the Christian Peoples Alliance (CPA) contended both for the parliaments of Scotland and Wales and for the regional and local councils in England. Allthough not very successfull in Wales and Scotland where even the established small parties had a bad time, the CPA has increased its councillors elected to serve at a local level in England.
Paul Martin and David Gee stormed past Labour in Aston-cum-Aughton Parish Council, near Rotherham to become the first non-Labour councillors in 20 years. Their feat mirrors that of the CPA last year, when the party won a three-seat ward in Labour's London stronghold of Newham, an area that had been solidly Labour for 70 years.
The victories for David Gee and Paul Martin were achieved at their first attempt. Paul Martin commented:
"We worked very hard to serve the community up to election day and appreciate that the real work is now to begin. As Christian Democrats, we aim to get among local people, fighting for the issues that concern them - such as the real problem of anti-social behaviour. Our victory here in South Yorkshire demonstrates that Christian Peoples Alliance is not a one-borough London band, but has prospects nationally.
"The success of Christian Peoples Alliance in these elections reflects the growing dissatisfaction of voters with the current major parties, and the state of politics in general. When we spoke to voters on the doorsteps, the one message that came across strongly was the level of discontent and frustration that people feel towards the political establishment. "
The Council now has 11 Labour councillors, 2 Christian Democrats and 2 Independents.
Candidates for the Christian Peoples Alliance ran in Leeds, Northampton, Rotherham and Glasgow. The party also stood candidates in every region of Scotland and Wales.
Giving his comment, Cllr Alan Craig, Leader of the CPA Group on Newham Council said:
"I went to Rotherham to help out on the campaign and saw David and Paul's commitment and hard work. They deserve their success by God's grace."
No seat won in Scottish parliament
In Scotland no seat was won in the parliament. Leader of CPA Scotland, Theresa Smith stated that this was the first time the CPA contended in Scotland and thanked all the people who had entrusted the CPA with their vote.
"We did not have the resources of other parties", Smith states. "But we had excellent candidates, sound policies and the goodwill of many people across Scotland. Our campaign highlighted issues which the secular parties refused to address - the Christian Democratic conviction that children need a father and a mother, not politically-correct platitudes; that marriage must be recognised as the best place for children to grow into happy and secure individuals and that Christianity is needed for a free and open society to flourish."
Smith is confident that there is more potential for the CPA in Scotland than these elections, which were dominated by the question whether the Scottish National Party would become larger than Labour, have shown. Hence CPA Scotland is now preparing to contend again, in the elections for the European Parliament in 2009.
Sources: Michael Elmer CPAlliance.net, Theresa Smith CPAScotland.org, Christian Peoples Alliance.