Archbishop Peter Smith, Vice-President of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales issued the following statement this morning:
"On behalf of the Catholic Community of England and Wales I would like to pledge an assurance of our prayers for the Prime Minister and the new coalition government as they begin their work in the service of the common good of our society.
In wishing the new government well, it is good for us all to recall that many of the deep seated problems of our society can only be addressed through a renewal of shared values. Change for the better cannot be left to politicians alone to bring about. It needs all of us."