06 May 2015, The Tablet

One in five British polling stations is in a church

Almost one in five of places where people will cast their vote in Thursday’s general election will take place in church buildings, new research reveals.

Out of 32,000 polling places, close to 6,000 are church buildings, according to the National Churches Trust, which has released the findings.

In Greater London the figure rises to over 25 per cent of polling places and stations while it is lowest in Scotland at 12 per cent.

The research is based on information collected during the last UK-wide election for the European Parliament in May 2014. The trust obtained lists of polling stations for that election from almost every local authority responsible for administering elections in the UK, with just one exception.

Claire Walker, the chief executive of the trust, said: “These findings show that church buildings play an important role in the administration of the democratic process. Church buildings are well located and widely recognisable local landmarks.”

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