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Bishop to discuss general election with Ukip MEPs

Margot Parker MEP discuss issues surrounding the forthcoming general election with Bishop Lynch (CNS)

An English bishop is due to hold a meeting with three Ukip MEPs tomorrow.

Catholic MEPs Margot Parker and Steven Woolfe, will meet with Bishop Patrick Lynch and other members of staff from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales to discuss issues surrounding the forthcoming general election.

A spokesman for the Church said that Bishop Patrick Lynch, who is chairman of the Office for Migration Policy at the Bishops’ Conference, has been meeting with representatives of different political parties in the run-up to the general election.

Ukip migration spokesman Steven Woolfe said: “When we meet the Catholic Bishops on Thursday in London we shall say that Ukip as a party has defended religious freedom against aggressive secularism and the traditional definition of marriage while the legacy parties have all legalised gay marriage.

“We have stood up for the right of parents to educate their children in their religion of choice as long as it does not preach hatred or violence, and advocated the benign tolerance of Judeo-Christian values as the basis for a shared civic space in Britain.

“We defend the innocence of young kids against enforced early sexual education and oppose the EU trying to stop Christian schools in Britain employing Christian teachers to support their religious ethos.”

Woolfe also highlighted Ukip’s record on the right-to-life, saying: “Ukip MPs voted against gender selection abortion while all other parties were split.”

He added: “We believe once the bishops hear what Ukip actually has to say, any reticence they may have will evaporate.”