The Values Manifesto is a unique non-partisan election manifesto that any member of the public can claim as their own. Representatives of five of Britain’s most prominent religious groups are urging voters, and candidates, to commit to four key values that would detoxify the language of debate during the final stretch of the election campaign.
By asking signatories to “appreciate diversity” and “listen to views we disagree with”, the Values Manifesto seeks a Britain driven by “wellbeing and values” and not just by “cost and wealth”.
With the most intense pre-election campaigning now in full flow, representatives of the Church of England, City Hindus Network, Sikh Council UK, Reform Judaism and the British Muslim Forum have thrown their weight behind the initiative.
Signatories of the manifesto pledge to “embrace diversity”, “protect the most vulnerable in society” and to “acknowledge the importance of values”.
the values manifesto
We want to live in a Britain that values people. The Values Manifesto is a commitment to a Britain driven by values and wellbeing, and not only by cost and wealth. Politics and economics matter, but what really defines our country is how we treat one another, and how differences of culture, religion and opinion enliven our society. Everyone who has signed up to the Values Manifesto has committed to four principles.
We commit to:
- Appreciating diversity as healthy for Britain
- Listen to views we disagree with, and to try to understand why people hold these views
- Acknowledge the importance of values, both those that are common to all and those that are specific to some
- Protect the most vulnerable in our society
how to get involved
You, and your parliamentary candidates, can show
your commitment to the Values Manifesto by
‘pinning’ a Values Manifesto rosette onto your
Facebook or Twitter profiles for the remainder
of the 2017 election campaign.
You can keep up to date with the Values Manifesto by visiting the Values Manifesto Facebook page, or the Values Manifesto Twitter page: @ValuesManifesto.
who are we?
Rob Wickham, Bishop of Edmonton.
Rob has served as a priest for nearly 20 years
in London. He has been the Vicar of the Kings
Cross area of London, and subsequently Rector of
Hackney. He is also a Living Wage Commissioner,
and the winter cold weather shelter ambassador
for Housing Justice. In London he oversees the
work of the church in Camden, Barnet, Haringey
Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner is Senior Rabbi to Reform Judaism and a President of the Council of Christians and Jews. Janner-Klausner is a regular broadcaster on programmes such as BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day, BBC Radio 2’s Pause for Thought and BBC One’s The Big Questions and Sunday Morning Live.
Qari Asim MBE is a senior Imam at Leeds’ Makkah mosque and an independent member of the British Government’s Anti-Muslim Hatred working group. He is an executive member of the British Muslim Forum, Christian Muslim Forum and JIF's Imams & Rabbis Council.
Gurinder Singh Josan is a member of the Sikh Council UK national executive and a former trustee of the Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Smethwick. He is a trustee and director of HOPE Not Hate - the anti-extremism charitable trust and campaigning organisation.
Cllr Dhruv Patel, is the Founder and a Director of the City Hindus Network. He is also a Common Councilman of the City of London Corporation where he is Chairman of Community & Children’s Services and Deputy Chairman of The City Bridge Trust.
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