In case you need a reason not to vote Tory tomorrow

// 5 May 2010

I’d like to write a whole screed on the election, but as you’ve may have noticed from my recent inactivity, a new job has somewhat curtailed my blogging capacity for the time being. So I just want to point you to this article from the Observer highlighting the deeply disturbing transphobic and homophobic credentials of one of the Tories’ leading social policy makers. Philippa Stroud, who is likely to be elected MP for Sutton and Cheam, is head of the rightwing thinktank Centre for Social Justice and is said to have had a strong influence on Cameron’s views on the family. She is also the founder of two churches and the author of a book that view homosexuality, transsexualism and addiction as demons:

Abi, a teenage girl with transsexual issues, was sent to the church by her parents […]

“[Stroud] wanted me to know all my thinking was wrong, I was wrong and the so-called demons inside me were wrong. The session ended with her and others praying over me, calling out the demons. She really believed things like homosexuality, transsexualism and addiction could be fixed just by prayer, all in the name of Jesus.”

“T” said he moved to Bedford because he believed the church could help him stop having homosexual thoughts. “I was trying to convince myself that a change was possible but, at the same time, a part of me didn’t believe it was possible,” he said. “The church’s approach was not that it was sinful to be homosexual but that it was sinful to act on it. The aim is to get a person to a position where they don’t have these sinful emotions and thoughts.”

It frightens me that this woman could have a place in the Houses of Parliament by the end of the week. If she joins forces with the similarly evangelically-inspired Nadine Dorries – who will waste little time in pushing her anti-choice agenda if Downing Street turns blue – we really will have our work cut out for us.

Comments From You

Sarah // Posted 5 May 2010 at 9:55 pm

Not to mention the fact that they’re the only party not to think the impact of page 3 might need some considering…

Elmo // Posted 5 May 2010 at 10:12 pm

say no to Tory!

Exercising my right to vote for the first time tomorrow. I’d like to vote scottish socialist, but I get the feeling the best thing to do where i live is vote lib dem, just to keep the tories out :S

not sure what to do

FertileFem // Posted 5 May 2010 at 11:00 pm

I live in Stroud’s constituency and if it’s any consolation (and oh how I hope it is!) I’ve seen nothing but Lib Dem signs in windows around here. Fingers crossed…

Anj // Posted 6 May 2010 at 1:12 am

Gonna be voting Lib Dems. Give them a fair chance at disappointing the socks off me, then… Then I guess I’ll try terrorism. ;)

Posie Rider // Posted 6 May 2010 at 1:55 am

One should refrain from voting Tory if you want to stand up for women. Tax relief for married couples, lowering the abortion limit, having poor female representation in the government are just a few reasons to tell Mr Cameron to shove off.

It all makes sense. Edwardian women were first introduced into the Conservative party as ‘home makers’ invited to run cake sales and hold tea parties to support their male folk (Sam Cam style). It was the Labour women who sat on the union committees, petitioned governments and organised protest marches; workers in their thousands. It was an Independent Labour Party member, Emmeline Pankhurst, who laid the path to achieve real female rights in the UK, and although we still have some way to go, in her rememberance, use your vote wisely gals!!

L // Posted 6 May 2010 at 1:59 am

This is my anti-Tory screed which I just posted to Facebook. I’m not normally one to post my opinions online for all the world to see (though I’m a long time F-Word lurker!), but I wanted to say something personal. I encourage everyone to do the same (or you’re welcome to borrow from mine), to let people know just how insulting a vote for the Tories is for so many people.

“If you vote Conservative, you insult me personally: as a woman, as a second-generation immigrant, as a student and soon-to-be graduate, as someone who’s lived in mainland Europe and witnessed the benefits our EU membership brings, as someone who values and relies on public services like the NHS and the BBC, as someone whose grandparents totally rely on threatened public services, as someone who believes in decent human values and a government which supports its citizens.”

Elmo // Posted 7 May 2010 at 11:50 am

Scottish result- Tories got ONE SEAT

:D

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