Christian leaders in Cornwall have written a letter expressing their concern over what they say is "the erosion of respect for truth" in the 2019 General Election.
Rt. Rev.Philip Mounstephen, the Bishop of Truro, published the letter alongside Rev. Steve Wild - the head of the Methodist Church in Cornwall.
In their "call to Cornwall", the religious leaders said it was essential that key issues of truth, neighbourliness, environment, and justice are all considered.
In the statement, the two men said they are "greatly concerned at the erosion of respect for truth in our political debate and discussion". They called on all involved in the election "neither to misrepresent themselves nor others".
On the issue of "neighbourliness", the religious leaders said they were "shocked by the tone of some recent debate" and added:
"We call for a new respect in political dialogue and for a new commitment to neighbourliness with those with whom we share this country, continent and world, whoever they may be, whatever their creed"
The statement follows a number of interventions from key religious voices this election campaign, including the Chief Rabbi and the Muslim Council of Britain.
In their letter the Rt. Rev.Philip Mounstephen and Rev. Steve Wild said they felt "compelled" to make the statement. They wrote:
"In particular we believe it is essential to ask: ‘What kind of Cornwall do we want to be?’ in the context of asking what kind of country we wish to see, and what kind of world we wish to inhabit".
Read the full letter below:
Read more about the General Election 2019 here.