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The Conservative Party (or the Tories), fully titled the Conservative and Unionist Party[1] (but nobody calls them that any more), is one of the two to seven (depending on who you ask) major political parties in the UK, and like most political parties it has distinct factions which gain and lose internal power over time.

They are currently the ruling party; in the 2015 elections, they won their first majority in 23 years. They have 331 MPs in the House of Commons, 232 Lords in the House of Lords, and 20 MEPs in the European Parliament. It helps that almost every newspaper is in bed with them.

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[edit] Recent history

A Cameron government would be more aristocratic and even narrowly Etonian… Sharply contrasting especially with striving and classless perspective of the grocer’s daughter, Margaret Thatcher.
—Sidney Blumenthal[2]

In the late 70s, Thatcher changed what it meant to be "conservative" in the UK. She took a firm stance against government roles in public life. At the same time, she tackled the power of entrenched private interests, such as unions... while reinforcing other entrenched interests, like big business, and creating an economy based on services as opposed to industry (deeming the latter to be an anachronism). By the time Thatcher left office, the size of the state relative to the economy was at its smallest since before the Second World War. There was some social tension due to the bullheaded nature of this economic transition, particularly in the north of England and Scotland, where anti-Thatcherism remains to this day.[3]

The Conservative Party became slightly more moderate in later years to survive the backlash against Thatcher. Similarly, Labour was forced to lean to the right, turning the UK general elections into a bland and boring battle for the "centre" ground. That said, the Conservatives have their share of old-school gibbering right-wing nutters (whom the shadow cabinet refer to as "backwoodsmen")[4] just as Labour have their share of diehard Trotskyites.

Under Cameron/May, despite claims of good old-fashioned One-Nation Toryism, the Tories are as extreme as they were under Thatcher but have a more pleasant manner when signing disastrous policies. The modernising wing of the Tories has been frozen out,[5] and the opposition is led by Jeremy Corbyn. Lib Dems are currently polling around the same as the dead UKIP which has already achieved its purpose.

Tories are notoriously unsentimental when it comes to knifing leaders who cease to be useful. Since the New Labour landslide of 1997, the Conservatives have gone through more than their fair share of changes: going from John Major to William Hague to Iain Duncan Smith to Michael Howard. However, most of the party still harps on about the good old days of Margaret Thatcher, who is the most reviled/revered UK politician of modern times.

The current leader and Prime Minister is Theresa May, who talks Cameron big-tent but acts like Thatcher was too moderate.

[edit] Policies

Tories behave like the fact that Britain is no longer an Empire hasn't registered in their psyche. They know they're not, but their mannerisms and condescending attitude towards their European neighbor states (and their citizens) makes them come across as gentry fallen on rough times, with a pinch of Victorian-style contempt for the lower class scum. They hold power mostly due to the fact that they have successfully marketed this suspicion of everything "foreign" or low-class to the people, with the help of a mass media that has long since traded all notion of journalistic ethics for profits.

What everyone forgot, or many were too young to understand[6] is that the Tories don't give a flying coitus about anyone but the richest in society. It's a party of self-preservation. (A lot of the things they complain about reveal how their own minds work, since the people they most disapprove of are: lazy,[7] workshy,[8] greedy,[9][10][11] dishonest,[12][13][14][15] morally corrupt[16]....)

[edit] Austerity

Happily, however, there are significant economic gains to be had from Brexit [...] in a word, to finish the job that Margaret Thatcher started.
—Nigel Lawson[17]

Labour gets blamed for wrecking the economy because they borrowed too much, which only makes sense if you borrow so much the market is no longer prepared to lend to you cheaply, which was not the case. Tories lost their AAA rating and caused a double dip recession by cutting government spending, reducing demand in the economy.

Conservative policies currently consist largely of cutting the top rate of income tax from 50% to 45%, campaigning against proportional representation in the referendum that the Liberal Democrats demanded as their price for entering the coalition government of 2010-15, support for a referendum on UK departure from the European Union, moderate social policies to counter their image as the "Nasty Party" against LGBT rights, women and ethnic minorities, and opposition to uncontrolled/mass immigration, and using austerity measures to chip away at what's left of the welfare state which attacks the poor's income and social protections, sick, disabled, social welfare recipients (again the poor). Look no further than George Osborne for such a policy.

Experience from the UK coalition government of 2010-2015 shows that publicising select cases of benefit fraud is very effective at convincing people that most dole claimants are crooks.[18] It seems like every month, Channel 4 & 5 air a new Saints and Scroungers or Nightmare Neighbors. Thatcher did the same thing in the 80's: She used the press to make everyone believe that benefit fraud was rife and immigration was out of control.[19][20] What resulted was a rise in the far-right and the poor blaming the poor for their poverty.

After Iain Duncan Smith resigned, he was interviewed and admitted the government singles out disabled people for cuts, because they're an easy target and aren't traditional Tory voters.[21] By then the damage had been done: The narrative that disabled people are all cheats and scroungers, all immigrants are criminals was well-established in the public mind.

[edit] Foreign policy

To maintain the nuclear arsenal of Airstrip One the UK, NATO membership and the unquestioning 'special relationship' with the USA which has become as substitute for British power and prestige after the breakup of the British Empire post-1945.

[edit] Science

In regards to drugs policy, the conservatives do not support an evidence-based one. Conservative science spokesman Adam Afriyie when asked: "To what extent should drug policy be based on scientific evidence?" Replied that: "There may be times when ministers decide to take account of other considerations." What these other considerations could possibly be, has yet to be figured out.[22]

[edit] Race and immigration

Unofficial Tory poster from the 1964 election in Smethwick.Wikipedia's W.svg The original wording of said slogan used a lot less savoury alternative to the term "coloured", which at the time was a more politically correct term.

The Party has long had an extremist right wing which varied between virulent opposition to immigration and overt racism, but it normally tried to keep these lunatics under control. It's because Tories (unlike Republicans) have always been more interested in class than race. The first mixed race Prime Minister (1812 to 1827) was the Earl of Liverpool (Tory) who had a gujurati grandmother—no-one gave a toss, he was an Earl! Disraeli was a dark Sephardic Jew, but became a Tory Prime Minister; he was firmly upper middle class. Boris Johnson has a Turkish grandfather—but he's an Etonian!

In 1960 moderate Conservative PM Harold Macmillan declared that the British empire would come to an end and the "winds of change" were blowing through Africa, meaning self-rule and independence. However, many members of his party opposed this progressive viewpoint, founding the Monday Club and advocating for Ian Smith's racist regime in Rhodesia and the pro-apartheid government in South Africa. Enoch Powell was famed and popular for his opposition to immigration, but sacked by Edward Heath and eventually left the party.

Theresa May was of course a huge xenophobe as Home Secretary, and has carried on with this as Prime Minister.

[edit] Tory wingnuts

Were you looking for Douglas Carswell, or the UK Independence Party?
Before they are too critical of the oil companies, may I suggest that the Church of England Commissioners read the Bible – Matthew :25, the parable of the oil lamps and the 10 virgins – and remember that it was the five virgins who lived happily ever after and who had a cheap and ready supply of this much-maligned fossil fuel?
—David Davies MP[9]

[edit] MPs in parliament

  • David Amess (MP for Southend West) - is for the prohibition of abortion regardless of scientific and medical consensus, is a supporter of homeopathy, for the exclusion of faith-based adoption agencies from the Equality Act so that they may discriminate against homosexual couples, supported now defunct blasphemy laws, voted against gay marriage, and is also a member of the Cornerstone Group, a faction within the Conservative Party that promotes Christian values. Also asked Parliament to ban a recreational drug that didn't actually exist.
  • Richard Bacon (MP for South Norfolk) - is for the reduction of abortion time limits against scientific and medical consensus, is a supporter of homeopathy, and supported now defunct blasphemy laws.
  • John Baron (MP for Basildon and Billericay) - supporter of homeopathy.
  • Richard Benyon (MP for Newbury) - is for the reduction of abortion time limits against scientific and medical consensus, and is a supporter of homeopathy.
  • Brian Binley (MP for Northampton South) - is for the reduction of abortion time limits against scientific and medical consensus, is a strong supporter of homeopathy, for the exclusion of faith-based adoption agencies from the Equality Act so that they may discriminate against homosexual couples, supported now defunct blasphemy laws, and is also a member of the Cornerstone Group, a faction within the Conservative Party that promotes Christian values.
  • Peter Bone (MP for Wellingborough and Rushden) - is for the reduction of abortion time limits against scientific and medical consensus, is a strong supporter of homeopathy, supported now defunct blasphemy laws, and is also a member of the Cornerstone Group, a faction within the Conservative Party that promotes Christian values.
  • Graham Brady (MP for Altrincham and Sale West) - is for the reduction of abortion time limits against scientific and medical consensus and is a strong supporter of homeopathy.
  • Simon Burns (MP for Chelmsford and Minister of State for the Department of Health) - is for the reduction of abortion time limits against scientific and medical consensus, is a supporter of homeopathy, and supported now defunct blasphemy laws. This is especially worrying when taking into account that Burns as of May 2010 is a Minister of State for the Department of Health.
  • David Burrowes (MP for Enfield Southgate) - is for the reduction of abortion time limits against scientific and medical consensus, is a supporter of homeopathy, for the exclusion of faith-based adoption agencies from the Equality Act so that they may discriminate against homosexual couples. Burrowes is a member of the Cornerstone Group, a faction within the Conservative Party that promotes Christian values and is a trustee of the Conservative Christian Fellowship, an organisation allied with the Conservative Party that wishes to increase the number of Christians within the Conservative Party. Burrowes was one of a number of MPs who registered their employment of interns from the Christian charity group Christian Action, Research and Education (CARE), described by The Independent as a 'right wing Christian group'.
  • Rehman Chishti (MP for Rainham Central) - anti-abortion (supported Nadine Dorries), anti gay marriage, anti mitochondrial donation, but supported relaxation of Pakistani blasphemy laws.
  • Christopher Chope (MP for Christchurch) - is for the reduction of abortion time limits against scientific and medical consensus, is a supporter of homeopathy, supported now defunct blasphemy laws, and is also a member of the Cornerstone Group, a faction within the Conservative Party that promotes Christian values. Also a climate change skeptic, one of only 3 MPs to vote against the 2008 Climate Change Bill.[23]
  • James Clappison (MP for Hertsmere) - is for the reduction of abortion time limits against scientific and medical consensus, and is a supporter of homeopathy.
  • Greg Clark (MP for Tunbridge Wells and Minister of State in the Department for Communities and Local Government) - is for the reduction of abortion time limits against scientific and medical consensus, and is a supporter of homeopathy.[24]
  • Stephen Crabb (MP for Preseli Pembrokeshire) - had links to Christian Action Research and Education (CARE), a fundamentalist organisation promoting gay cures, and opposed gay marriage.[25]
  • David Davies (MP for Monmouth) - climate change skeptic[26] and defended oil companies by pointing to the use of oil lamps in the bible - even though Biblical lamps used renewable olive oil not fossil fuels.[27]
  • Philip Davies (MP for Shipley) - seemingly a supporter of homeopathy, strongly denies climate change of any kind, against all political reform whatsoever, favours repealing the minimum wage.
  • Stephen Dorrell (MP for Charnwood) - is a supporter of homeopathy.
  • Nadine Dorries (MP for Mid Bedfordshire and member of the Science and Technology Select Committee) - is a strong supporter for the reduction of abortion time limits against scientific and medical consensus, and is strongly against embryonic research, believing it would involve "the possibility of seeking to inseminate animals with human sperm" and the creation of human and chimpanzee hybrids "humanzee." Seriously. Dorries is also a supporter of homeopathy, doesn't consider Trident to be weapons of mass destruction, supported now defunct blasphemy laws, and is a member of the Cornerstone Group, a faction within the Conservative Party that promotes Christian values. How one gets a seat on Science and Technology Select Committee remains a mystery.
  • James Duddridge (MP for Rochford and Southend East) - supporter of homeopathy.
  • Philip Dunne (MP for Ludlow) - supporter of homeopathy.
  • Tobias Ellwood (MP for Bournemouth East) - is for the reduction of abortion time limits against scientific and medical consensus, and is a strong supporter of homeopathy.
  • Nigel Evans (MP for Ribble Valley) - is for the reduction of abortion time limits against scientific and medical consensus, is a supporter of homeopathy, and supported now defunct blasphemy laws despite supporting Early Day Motion 1770 which was in support of freedom of religion and in particular that of ex-Muslims. He has also blamed global warming on sunspots.[28]
  • Michael Fallon (MP for Sevenoaks) - is for the reduction of abortion time limits against scientific and medical consensus, is a supporter of homeopathy, and supported now defunct blasphemy laws.
  • Mark Field (MP for Cities of London and Westminster) - climate change denier, against evidence-based policy, is strongly for the reduction of abortion time limits against scientific and medical consensus, and supports homeopathy.
  • Mark Francois (MP for Rayleigh) - is for the reduction of abortion time limits against scientific and medical consensus, is a supporter of homeopathy, and supported now defunct blasphemy laws.
  • Robert Goodwill (MP for Scarborough and Whitby) - is for the reduction of abortion time limits against scientific and medical consensus, is a strong supporter of homeopathy, and is also a member of the Cornerstone Group, a faction within the Conservative Party that promotes Christian values.
  • Michael Gove (MP for Surrey Heath) - former Secretary of State for Education who managed to attract the hatred of almost every single teacher in the country,[29] despite his sterling credentials. Now Lord Chancellor aka Secretary of State for Justice where he has the unenviable task of dealing with the fallout from Grayling's awful reforms. As education secretary he warred against anyone claiming to have expertise in education, and in 2016 he showed his anti-intellectualism by declaring "people in this country have had enough of experts".[30]
  • James Gray (MP for North Wiltshire) - is for the reduction of abortion time limits against scientific and medical consensus, is a strong supporter of homeopathy, and supported now defunct blasphemy laws.
  • Chris Grayling (MP for Epsom and Ewell and Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons [31] The first non-lawyer to hold the position of Lord Chancellor for 440 years - make of that what you will. He introduced wildly unpopular changes to legal aid, removing it in all but exceptional circumstances in cases of divorce, child contact, welfare benefits, employment, clinical negligence, and housing. [32] Also introduced the extremely controversial "criminal courts charge" - this is a fixed and mandatory charge on top of all the others that convicted offenders have to pay, and the charge is higher if you plead not guilty. [33][34][35] Quoted as saying that Christian B&B owners should be allowed to turn away gay couples, though he did later row back from this and even supported the Same-Sex Marriage Act. But lawyers still hate him as much as he apparently hates them.[36]
  • Damian Green (MP for Ashford and Minister of State for Borders and Immigration) - is for the reduction of abortion time limits against scientific and medical consensus, and is also a supporter of homeopathy.
  • Dominic Grieve (MP for Beaconsfield and Attorney General for England and Wales) - is for the reduction of abortion time limits against scientific and medical consensus, and is also a supporter of homeopathy.
  • Philip Hammond (MP for Runnymede and Weybridge and Secretary of State for Transport) - is for the reduction of abortion time limits against scientific and medical consensus, and is also a supporter of homeopathy.
  • Stephen Hammond (MP for Wimbledon) - is for the reduction of abortion time limits against scientific and medical consensus, and is also a supporter of homeopathy.
  • Greg Hands (MP for Chelsea and Fulham) - is for the reduction of abortion time limits against scientific and medical consensus, is a supporter of homeopathy, in support of faith schools (particularly Christian ones), and is also a member of the Cornerstone Group, a faction within the Conservative Party that promotes Christian values.
  • Mark Harper (MP for Forest of Dean) - is for the reduction of abortion time limits against scientific and medical consensus, believes that power lines can cause childhood leukaemia, is wary of libel reform and is also a supporter of homeopathy.
  • Charles Hendry (MP for Wealden and Minister of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change) - is for the reduction of abortion time limits against scientific and medical consensus, and is also a supporter of homeopathy.
  • Adam Holloway (MP for Gravesham) - is for the reduction of abortion time limits against scientific and medical consensus, is a supporter of homeopathy, and is also a member of the Cornerstone Group, a faction within the Conservative Party that promotes Christian values.
  • Jeremy Hunt (MP for South West Surrey and Secretary of State for Health) - NHS will be gone in 5 years in favour of an American-style insurance option, and you have Mr. Hunt to thank for that. Magical thinking and Brexit go together like turd and toilets: After all, we can always replace foreign doctors with British talent after Brexit.[37] (By making them work more hours for less money in poorer conditions! How would they resist!) He advocates for the reduction of abortion time limits (against scientific and medical consensus), is against embryological human/animal hybrid experiments, and supports homeopathy. Of course. Who needs specialists? We'll hand out assignments to Joe the plumber.
  • Sajid Javid (MP for Bromsgrove and Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills) - is a fan of Ayn Rand.[38] Make of that what you will.
  • David Jones (MP for Clwyd West and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Wales) - is for the reduction of abortion time limits against scientific and medical consensus, is a supporter of homeopathy, supported now defunct blasphemy laws, and is also a member of the Cornerstone Group, a faction within the Conservative Party that promotes Christian values.
  • Daniel Kawczynski (MP for Shrewsbury and Atcham) - is for the reduction of abortion time limits against scientific and medical consensus, is a strong supporter of homeopathy, supported now defunct blasphemy laws, and is also a member of the Cornerstone Group, a faction within the Conservative Party that promotes Christian values.
  • Eleanor Laing (MP for Epping Forest) - is strongly for the reduction of abortion time limits against scientific and medical consensus, and is a supporter of homeopathy.
  • Mark Lancaster (MP for Milton Keynes North) - supporter of homeopathy.
  • Andrea Leadsom (MP for South Northamptonshire) - devout Christian, not keen on gay marriage (abstained in vote), anti-abortion, opposed to sex outside marriage.
  • Edward Leigh (MP for Gainsborough) - is strongly for the reduction of abortion time limits against scientific and medical consensus, is a strong supporter of homeopathy, for the exclusion of faith-based adoption agencies from the Equality Act so that they may discriminate against homosexual couples, supported now defunct blasphemy laws, and is also a member of the Cornerstone Group, a faction within the Conservative Party that promotes Christian values. In addition to this Leigh is particularly scientifically illiterate even for a Conservative, he is strongly against embryonic research (not just stem cell research) claiming "There is no overwhelming, or indeed any large-scale body of scientific evidence to suggest that this research that does cross this ultimate boundary between humans and animals will actually cure anything." in regards to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill. Leigh went onto show some views in line with baraminology when he said "I don't believe in my soul or my brain I'm 80 per cent a mouse or 30 per cent a daffodil. But I do think that we are special and, therefore, as the human race is special it is different from the animal race and I think that we should take this very seriously." Leigh also doesn't seem to value separation of church and state all that much when remarked that: "There is also a view, is there not, that politicians should keep out of the Church and out of religion? Was it not rather depressing when the former Prime Minister, Tony Blair, said that he could not talk about religion when he was the Prime Minister for fear of being called a nutter? Is that view changing? The current Prime Minister mentioned the story of the good Samaritan in his speech to Congress, and Delia Smith is doing a blog on the Catholic Fund for Overseas Development website. Does my hon. Friend think that politicians should speak out and talk about their faith in a natural way, as he is doing?"
  • Peter Lilley (MP for Hitchin and Harpenden) - climate change denier and is for the reduction of abortion time limits against scientific and medical consensus.
  • Tim Loughton (MP for East Worthing and Shoreham and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families) - is for the reduction of abortion time limits against scientific and medical consensus, and is a supporter of homeopathy.
  • Peter Luff (MP for Mid Worcestershire) - strong supporter of homeopathy.
  • Anne Main (MP for St Albans) - is strongly for the reduction of abortion time limits against scientific and medical consensus, and is a strong supporter of homeopathy.
  • Theresa May (MP for Maidenhead, Prime Minister, Home Secretary and party leader) - as home secretary, she rejected expert scientific advice on drugs policy.[39] The fuckery with the CSA Inquiry has proven to be not her finest hour, either. Maybe Theresa should get off her arse and sort those out instead of trying to check our porn browsing history[40][41]
  • Patrick Mercer (MP for Newark) - supporter of homeopathy.
  • Andrew Mitchell (MP for Sutton Coldfield and Secretary of State for International Development) - supporter of homeopathy.
  • Bob Neill (MP for Bromley and Chislehurst and Deputy Chairman for Local Government) - is for the reduction of abortion time limits against scientific and medical consensus, is a supporter of homeopathy, and supported now defunct blasphemy laws.
  • Brooks Newmark (MP for Braintree) - is strongly for the reduction of abortion time limits against scientific and medical consensus, is a supporter of homeopathy, and for the exclusion of faith-based adoption agencies from the Equality Act so that they may discriminate against homosexual couples. In 2009, Newmark introduced a Private Member Bill to lower the cervical cancer screening age to 20 based on sensationalist reporting by the Sun newspaper, against the evidence provided by the British Medical Journal showing that screening in women age 20-24 had little to no impact.
  • George "Avatar of Human Despair' Osborne (MP for Tatton) - owner of the world's most-punchable face, in George's mind, free market fundamentalism and democracy are one and the same. That's why a court ruling giving Uber employees minimum wage and holiday pay is considered a "threat" to democracy.[42] Osborne's stock answer to any question he does not want to address is "an independent review committee is investigating the situation"; Georgie Boy comes out with some horrific budget cuts, everyone goes woah, hold on a second mate and he rolls out something that's only half as bad as a solution. But when you look at it, it's still a terrible solution, because option B is what he wanted in the first place.
  • Richard Ottaway (MP for Croydon South) - against evidence/reason based policy, is a strong supporter of homeopathy and is strongly for the reduction of abortion time limits against scientific and medical consensus.
  • James Paice (MP for South East Cambridgeshire and Minister of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) - is for the reduction of abortion time limits against scientific and medical consensus, is a supporter of homeopathy and also appears to be ignorant and reactionary towards GM crops, which is rather unfortunate as he is after all the Minister of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
  • Priti Patel (MP from Essex) - in favour of Brexit and bringing back the death penalty. ("Deterrents<3") She's such a shady character for someone who was pro-EU until a couple of years ago. Hang on... daughter of a shopkeeper, trained as a barrister, worked for a notoriously amoral industry, blue skirt suit. As the Dead Kennedys once said, we got a bigger problem now...
  • Owen Paterson (MP for North Shropshire) - former environment secretary, declared dangers of climate change were "exaggerated",[43] and voted against gay marriage.
  • Mike Penning (MP for Hemel Hempstead) - is a supporter of homeopathy and is strongly for the reduction of abortion time limits against scientific and medical consensus. Also in 2009, Penning put forward an Early Day Motion in favour of vitamin supplements in reaction to EU legislation curbing unnecessary and potentially harmful vitamin supplements from being sold in the EU.
  • Mark Prisk (MP for Hertford and Stortford and Minister of State for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) - supporter of homeopathy.
  • Jacob Rees-Mogg (MP for NE Somerset) - Straight outta Wansdyke, crazy motherfucker named Rees-Mogg. Jacob has always been the "Tory-est" of the Tories. Roman Catholic, anti abortion, anti gay marriage. Spoke at an event by a pro-Front National group, Traditional Britain, then apologised.[44] Intervened on the Scotland Bill, backed Brexit, and would vote for Donald Trump if he could. Can't deny he's done some good, but he's a Wodehousian caricature who only got into politics due to his bloodline.
  • John Redwood (MP for Wokingham) - climate change denier, is for the reduction of abortion time limits against scientific and medical consensus. Redwood is also a member of the Cornerstone Group, a faction within the Conservative Party that promotes Christian values. Nicknamed "the Vulcan" for his inability to display any kind of emotion.
  • Malcolm Rifkind (MP for Kensington) - is a supporter of homeopathy and is for the reduction of abortion time limits against scientific and medical consensus. Stepped down from chairing the Intelligence and Security Committee because of his involvement in the "cash for access" scandal in early 2015 and announced he would not stand in the 2015 election.[45]
  • Laurence Robertson (MP for Tewkesbury) - is a supporter of homeopathy and is for the prohibition of abortion regardless of scientific and medical consensus, as evidenced by a bill he introduced in 2005 which failed to pass. Robertson is also a member of the Cornerstone Group, a faction within the Conservative Party that promotes Christian values.
  • David Ruffley (MP for Bury St Edmunds) - is a supporter of homeopathy, and supported now defunct blasphemy laws.
  • Lee Scott (MP for Ilford North) - is for the reduction of abortion time limits against scientific and medical consensus, is a supporter of homeopathy, and is also a member of the Cornerstone Group, a faction within the Conservative Party that promotes Christian values.
  • Andrew Selous (MP for South West Bedfordshire) - is for the reduction of abortion time limits against scientific and medical consensus, is a supporter of homeopathy, for the exclusion of faith-based adoption agencies from the Equality Act so that they may discriminate against homosexual couples, and supported now defunct blasphemy laws. In addition to this Selous is a trustee of the Christian Conservative Fellowship, an organisation wishing to promote Christians in the Conservative Party and increase the parties' Christian membership. Selous is sits on the 'Council of Reference' for the group Prayers For Parliament, a group which asserts that "the real power to change this land rests not in 10 Downing Street or in the Palace of Westminster. It rests wherever you bow your head in prayer to the Almighty God who is sovereign over all."
  • Richard Shepherd (MP for Aldridge-Brownhills) - is for the reduction of abortion time limits against scientific and medical consensus, and is a supporter of homeopathy.
  • Keith Simpson (MP for Broadland) - is for the reduction of abortion time limits against scientific and medical consensus, and is a supporter of homeopathy.
  • Nicholas Soames (MP for Mid Sussex) - This fat fucker had the nerve to say that most universities should be shut down, and those remaining should raise their fees to six digit figures so only the top 1% could get in. Is also for the reduction of abortion time limits against scientific and medical consensus, is a supporter of homeopathy, and for the exclusion of faith-based adoption agencies from the Equality Act so that they may discriminate against homosexual couples. One of the biggest arseholes in parliament, but he keeps getting reelected because his grandfather was Churchill, guaranteeing every elderly vote in the county. It's been said that sex with Nick is like having a wardrobe fall on top of you, and it's still locked.
  • Gary Streeter (MP for South West Devon) - is for the reduction of abortion time limits against scientific and medical consensus, is a strong supporter of homeopathy, and for the exclusion of faith-based adoption agencies from the Equality Act so that they may discriminate against homosexual couples. In addition to this, Streeter is a former trustee of the Conservative Christian Fellowship, an organisation allied with the Conservative Party that wishes to increase the number of Christians within the Conservative Party. Streeter was also one of a number of MPs who registered their employment of interns from the Christian charity group Christian Action, Research and Education (CARE), described by the Independent as a 'right wing Christian group'.
  • Desmond Swayne (MP for New Forest West and member of the Ecclesiastical Committee) - is for the reduction of abortion time limits against scientific and medical consensus, is a supporter of homeopathy, and supported now defunct blasphemy laws. Swayne is also one of fifteen MPs appointed to the Ecclesiastical Committee, which considers measures passed by the General Synod of the Church of England.
  • Robert Syms (MP for Poole) - is for the reduction of abortion time limits against scientific and medical consensus, and is a supporter of homeopathy.
  • David Tredinnick (MP for Bosworth) - supporter of astrology, strong supporter of homeopathy, radionics, herbal medicine, and for the exclusion of faith-based adoption agencies from the Equality Act so that they may discriminate against homosexual couples.[46]
  • Andrew Turner (MP for Isle of Wight) - voted to reduce abortion time limits and against gay marriage. His dog ate a ferret.
  • Andrew Tyrie (MP for Chichester) - one of only 3 MPs to vote against 2008 Climate Change Bill, denying that there was a scientific consensus on the issue.[47]
  • Edward Vaizey (MP for Wantage and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, with responsibilities for Architecture and Heritage) - is for the reduction of abortion time limits against scientific and medical consensus, and is a strong supporter of homeopathy.
  • Charles Walker (MP for Broxbourne) - is for the reduction of abortion time limits against scientific and medical consensus, is a supporter of homeopathy, for the exclusion of faith-based adoption agencies from the Equality Act so that they may discriminate against homosexual couples, and is also a member of the Cornerstone Group, a faction within the Conservative Party that promotes Christian values.
  • Ben Wallace (MP for Wyre and Preston North) - is for the reduction of abortion time limits against scientific and medical consensus, and is a supporter of homeopathy.
  • Robert Walter (MP for North Dorset) - is for the reduction of abortion time limits against scientific and medical consensus, is a strong supporter of homeopathy, and for the exclusion of faith-based adoption agencies from the Equality Act so that they may discriminate against homosexual couples.
  • Angela Watkinson (MP for Hornchurch and Upminster) - was a former member of the Monday Club; known for its voluntary "repatriation" of non-white immigrants, and has consistently voted against gay equality rights as well as the banning of hunting foxes.
  • John Whittingdale (MP for Maldon) - is a strong supporter of homeopathy, and is also a member of the Cornerstone Group, a faction within the Conservative Party that promotes Christian values. In addition to this, in March 2007 it was reported that Whittingdale, in a speech to the Incorporated Society of British Advertisers, had suggested that advertisers should make the argument that a ban on advertising "junk" food during children's television could "have a damaging effect on children's broadcasting that will lead to money going out of it." He is now the Culture Secretary, in charge of negotiating the renewal of the Royal Charter that governs the BBC. That would be OK, except for the fact that he has gone on record as saying that the all-important licence fee is "worse than a poll tax."[48] Oh dear.
  • Robert Wilson (MP for Reading East and member of the Science and Technology Select Committee) - is for the reduction of abortion time limits against scientific and medical consensus, is a strong supporter of homeopathy, is a supporter of Chinese medicine, is wary of libel reform, and has conflicting views on evidence based policy, which is quite promising as he is a member of the Science and Technology Select Committee.
  • Jeremy Wright (MP for Kenilworth and Southam) - is for the reduction of abortion time limits against scientific and medical consensus, and is a supporter of homeopathy. In March 2010, Wright abstained from voting on The Conditional Fee Agreements (Amendment) Order 2010, which would have limited success fees to lawyers to 10%. In addition to this, Wright is a supporter of unnecessarily high dose vitamin supplements as evidenced by a page on his website claiming "Products such as 1 gram Vitamin C tablets that are frequently used in the cold season; and the mineral Boron, important for strong bones and teeth, are set to become illegal once European laws passed recently are fully introduced."
  • Tim Yeo (MP for South Suffolk and Chairman of the Environmental Audit Select Committee) - supporter of homeopathy, one would hope he doesn't apply the same logic to environmental issues.

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  • Philippa Stroud (unsuccessful MP candidate in 2010, but influential activist) - founded a church which (allegedly) attempts to "cure" homosexuality. This was the centre of some media controversy shortly before the election.

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  1. The latter results from the fact that a faction of the Liberals who wanted Ireland to stay British in the 19th century (hence "Unionist") later merged into the Tories. Yeah, I guess you can see why nobody bothers with the artifact title any more. See the Wikipedia article on Irish Home Rule movement.
  2. Fenton, Siobhan, "Hillary Clinton aide emails describe David Cameron as 'aristocratic and inexperienced' – and Boris Johnson as a 'clown'", Independent 8.2.15.
  3. "Death of Margaret Thatcher: How the former PM became a figure of hate in Scotland", Daily Record.
  4. http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/cristinaodone/100038977/tory-insider-some-hissing-from-the-backwoodsmen-but-not-one-senior-figure-is-opposing-camerons-deal/
  5. Tories battle to contain internal civil war
  6. Tufft, Ben, "'Why did you vote Tory?': Big question gets intriguing answers", Independent 5.9.15.
  7. Mount, Harry, "In praise of Boris Johnson’s work ethic"., Spectator (7/9/16 at 9:00 AM).
  8. "Cameron announces 26 new Tory peers in dissolution honours", BBC 8.27.15.
  9. Dathan, Matt, "David Cameron: 10% pay rise offers MPs opportunity to be more charitable", Independent 7.16.15.
  10. Bolton, Doug, "Jeremy Hunt claimed 27p in expenses for half-mile car journey, new figures show", Independent 5.12.16.
  11. Syal, Rajeev, "Watchdog reprimands Eric Pickles' department for £217m overdraft ", Guardian (Last modified on 5/7/16 at 8:41 EDT).
  12. Eaton, George, "OBR head rebukes Osborne: the UK was never at risk of bankruptcy", New Statesman 12.6.12.
  13. Inman, Phillip, "David Cameron rebuked over jobs claim", Guardian (Last modified on 6/25/16 at 4:56 EDT).
  14. Eaton, George, "Duncan Smith rebuked by ONS for misuse of benefit statistics", New Statesman 5.9.13.
  15. Stone, Jon, "EU referendum: Respected Tory MP Sarah Wollaston quits Leave campaign over 'false' NHS claims", Independent 6.8.16.
  16. Esther Oxford and James Clayton, "Memo said activist was 'sociopathic, dangerous and a bully'", BBC 12.3.15.
  17. Lawson, Nigel, "Brexit gives us a chance to finish the Thatcher revolution", FT 9.2.16.
  18. British Social Attitudes summary: Benefits and welfare, NatSen.
  19. Gavin, Cordon, "Margaret Thatcher's secret plans to dismantle welfare state almost prompted 'Cabinet riot'", Independent 11.24.16.
  20. Swaine, Jon, "Margaret Thatcher complained about Asian immigration to Britain", Telegraph (12/20/09 at 6:45AM GMT).
  21. McCann, Kate, "Iain Duncan Smith resignation: EU claims are a 'deliberate attempt to discredit me' IDS claims after emotional Andrew Marr interview", Telegraph (3/20/16 at 4:54PM GMT).
  22. The Conservative Party answers questions about its science policy
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  24. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2006-07/1240
  25. [2], Independent, 2016
  26. [3], Wales Online
  27. [4], Episcopal Digital Network, 2016
  28. 5 Mar 2008 : Column 457WH, Hansard
  29. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/what-is-it-about-michael-gove-that-makes-people-hate-him-so-much-7628063.html
  30. https://next.ft.com/content/3be49734-29cb-11e6-83e4-abc22d5d108c
  31. http://www.parliament.uk/biographies/commons/chris-grayling/1413
  32. For a delightful overview of just how shitty the legal aid changes were, see https://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/2015/01/18/magistrates-warn-chris-grayling-legal-aid-new-survey/
  33. https://www.sentencingcouncil.org.uk/about-sentencing/types-of-sentence/other-orders-made-on-sentencing/criminal-courts-charge/
  34. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-34870242
  35. For a delightful horror story about the near-dystopian levels of inhumanity this measure has led to, have a look at http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/magistrate-quits-after-being-suspended-for-offering-to-pay-asylum-seekers-court-charge-a6672656.html
  36. And he gets described as a shit by members of his own party http://jerryhayes.co.uk/posts/2015/01/22/grayling-s-attempt-to-curtail-judicial-review-shows-he-puts-the-dick-into-tat-this-is-one-shit-that-will-have-to-be-flushed-after-the-election
  37. Agerholm, Harriet, "Jeremy Hunt: We can replace foreign doctors with British talent after Brexit", Independent 10/2/16. People aren't going to sink £50,000+ grand into a profession which is being destroyed by you.
  38. He picked "The Fountainhead" for the Parliament film club, calling it “a film that was articulating what I felt”.
  39. [5], Vaughan Bell, Observer, 2015
  40. Graham, Georgia, "Theresa May: Violent pornography prevents young people from understanding a healthy relationship", Telegraph (11/25/14 at 6:27PM GMT).
  41. Scott, Matthew, "Theresa May Wants to Ban Pleasure", Telegraph (6/2/15 at 10:46AM BST). But nothing else arouses her anymore. How else is she meant to get moist? :(
  42. Williams-Grut, Oscar, "George Osborne thinks democracy is under threat: 'Get out there and fight for things you currently take for granted'",Business Insider 11.2.16.
  43. [6], Daily Telegraph
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  45. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-22936684
  46. Skeptical Voter - David Tredinnick
  47. [8], Conservative Home, 2008
  48. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-32690777
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