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Bishop declares anti-Labour vote

One of Scotland’s most senior Catholics has declared he will not vote Labour in May’s Holyrood elections. The Bishop of Motherwell, Joseph Devine, said he now feels many Labour policies, such as civil partnerships, fly in the face of Christian tradition.

He said his congregation’s traditional allegiance to Labour had been tested to breaking point. However, Labour minister Margaret Curran said her party’s policies had support across the mainstream parties.

In a BBC interview, Bishop Devine said: “I’ll ask Catholics to exercise their vote responsibly according to their conscience.

“But I’ll do something else for the very first time. I will indicate the party to which I’m going to vote for. I’ve never done that before.

“I’ll not ask people to follow me. If they want to take that lead, that’s fine enough.”

Full story at BBC Scotland News.

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