Julian Mann on Why the left-wing bias of so many Anglican clergy?

The Bishop of St Davids, Joanna Penberthy, seems to be in trouble over her ‘never trust a Tory’ tweet but the left-wing bias of Anglican clergy in the UK is hardly hot news.

Giles Fraser, who resigned as Canon Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral in 2011 in support of anti-capitalist Occupy protesters threatened with removal from the cathedral steps, is not exactly a tub-thumping Colonel Blimp. Yet in February this year he wrote an article in Unherd asking: ‘Why is the Church so woke?’.

He cited a recent Savanta ComRes survey revealing that only 6% of Church of England clergy admitted to voting Tory in the December 2019 General Election, whereas 40% voted Labour.

He wrote: “If these new figures are anything to go by, the majority of the clergy of the Church of England must surely find the people who sit in the pews, listening to their sermons, a considerable disappointment to them. For whereas it seems that only a handful of clergy voted Tory at the last election, over 47% of the population did. And while there is no breakdown for how Church of England members themselves voted in 2019, two years earlier some 58% of them voted Tory — and that is quite some disconnect.”

Back in 2014, a theological college student training for ordained ministry in the CofE, wrote an article in The Spectator in which he said he was “scared to admit to being a Tory in today’s CofE”.

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Source: Christian Today