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Christian Candidates Draw the Votes

Christian Candidates drew a significant number of votes in the Highalds and Islands, taking third place over the Lib Dems and Conservatives in one constituency and beating all the minor parties including the Greens in another.


Western Isles Constituency


In the Western Isles, Murdo Murray stood as an Independent and took third place over the Lib Dems.
The voting was: SNP - 6,723; Labour - 4,838; Murdo Murray (Ind.) - 1,412; Lib Dem - 1 ,097
Conservative - 647

Click on image below for BBC election page for Western Isles
Election Results MM

Read more about Murdo Murray here; and listen to a pre-election interview with Mr. Murray

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Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey


In Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey, Donald Boyd who was standing for the Christian Party was first behind the main parties and beat all the minority and independent candidates.
The result was: Lib Dem - 19,172; Labour - 10,407; SNP - 8,803; Conservative - 6,278
Donald Boyd (Chr. Party) - 835; followed by the Greens and other minority parties.

Click below for BBC web page for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey results
Election results DB

Donald Boyd stood for the Christian Party and gave a short video interview in the run-up to the vote.



Christians Together, 07/05/2010

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Penny Lee 08/05/2010 11:08
Rosemary,

I really admire those who take up the gauntlet to represent their community but from a Christian perspective. I couldn't put myself in this position as I have neither the desire or ability but I wholeheartedly support those who do and do it well.

I would imagine, since the country is seen by all to be in such a mess, that perhaps non-Christians would vote for a Christian candidate so long as they promised to address the issues which concern us all, as well as being equipped to do all the other things required of a politician. I wouldn't even say it would be necessary to make a big deal of our Christianity but rather just be sure to not conceal it if asked outright where we stood.

You are right - in general terms, voters are not interested in Christianity and will not vote for someone purely for that reason but, with God on our side, we can appeal to them when we go forward in God's strength and with a confidence and ability which only He can give and sustain. So, with that behind you, I'd say you have at least the same and probably much more chance of securing people's votes. You did very well the first time so please don't write it off yet!
Rosemary Cameron 08/05/2010 22:00
I'd be quite prepared to stand and lose if enough people came forward to support me and I wouldn't be running against a good candidate. You don't need to win a seat to make a point, but you do need a substantial number of votes, not just 3 or 4 hundred. I don't think this is the right time. That may change.
Peter Carr 09/05/2010 08:57
Sorry, my error, I thought that the reason people (of any party) stood was the hope of being elected! Even Donald Boyd's strapline reflected that by saying that he was 'in it to win it'.
Jim Thomson (Guest) 09/05/2010 13:10
It doesn't matter what the outcome, the important issue is to do as the Lord leads. Christians should not judge 'success' as the world judges success. 'In it to win it' was, it seems to me, a frame of mind rather than a prediction.
In terms of outcome, God uses the foolish things (as the world sees) it to shame the wise, the weak things to shame the strong.

Whether a Christian gets one vote or ends up as Prime Minister is not the point. It's obedience that matters.
Peter Carr 10/05/2010 07:36
Jim said, "Whether a Christian gets one vote or ends up as Prime Minister is not the point. It's obedience that matters."

I would have thought that obedience to good stewardship also matters! The CP fielded 71 candidates (72 if you include Inverness), which is 72 x £500 deposits (lost) plus all of the various expences for literature etc. With no seats won and 0.1% of the votes cast, it seems to me that the money could have been spent better in a variety of ways that would benefit the lost, the poor and the marginalised.

Jim Thomson (Guest) 10/05/2010 08:41
In spite of Jesus' compassion for the poor he said that we would always have them with us. If a Christian never spent a penny without thinking about the poor then never a penny would be spent on anything else. We do what the Lord tells us - that in the supreme imperative. Sometimes it may be giving the poor, sometimes it may be the sacrifice of a lost deposit (in His purposes as a God who sees beyond human wisdom).

Rosemary, if the Lord is impressing something on your heart "Go for it". But be sure it's from the Lord. There are plenty of examples in the Bible of people of faith ignoring the well-meant (but human and flawed) 'advice' given to them.
Support from others can be a significant indicator, but it is not always the criterion for judging the Lord's purposes for our lives.
Peter Carr 10/05/2010 10:18
Luke 4:18-19 (New International Version)"The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."

Jim said "We do what the Lord tells us - that in the supreme imperative. Sometimes it may be giving the poor, sometimes it may be the sacrifice of a lost deposit (in His purposes as a God who sees beyond human wisdom)."

So, the assumption is that everything that is done in the name of Christ is God's will!




Peter Carr 10/05/2010 11:45
Jim said, "'In it to win it' was, it seems to me, a frame of mind rather than a prediction."

Sorry to contradict, but it seems to me that if you check out the SCP website below you will clearly see that Donald stood with the intention of winning the seat. I think that words like 'it's time to change your MP' and 'choose a serving Christian instead of a career politician' and 'one day will fix the next five years' along with 'Donald is in it to win it' seems to say it all!!

http://www.highlandscp.org/
Jim Thomson (Guest) 10/05/2010 13:12
"So, the assumption is that everything that is done in the name of Christ is God's will!"

That may be your assumption Peter. It's certainly not mine; nor is it what I said.
Peter Carr 10/05/2010 13:47
No it is not my assumption Jim, and if you would rather twist my words instead of engaging reasoned debate, then maybe it is time to call a halt to this one!!
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