Wainwright’s faith

Matt Cole

in Richard Wainwright, the Liberals and Liberal Democrats

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780719082535
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702024 | DOI:
Wainwright’s faith

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This chapter discusses the religious belief of Richard Wainwright. It explains that Wainwright was raised as a Christian and his faith was a more significant element in his life, his politics and the politics of his party than for most of his contemporaries. It also suggests that the particular form of his Christianity—Methodism—had practical and electoral implications for him, and in particular invested him with a sense of duty to do God's work in the mortal world. This chapter also highlights the role of Wainwright's connection with religious organisations in providing him with an important platform from which to build his local profile, and they gave voters a shorthand signal of his character and convictions which could only otherwise be demonstrated at greater length.

Keywords: Richard Wainwright; religious belief; Methodism; God's work; religious organisations; faith; politics

Chapter.  4389 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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