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The Cornerstone Group is a highly socially conservative group in the United Kingdom that works from within the Conservative Party. It's essentially the rough British equivalent of the Republican Party, though it chooses to work with (relative) moderates from within another party rather than start their own, though some members have been flirting with UKIP lately.

Typical policies[edit]

Pretty much what you'd expect from hardcore social conservatives. Opposed to gay marriage and generally fairly homophobic,[1] global warming is a hoax, ban abortion, teach sexual abstinance in schools, hostility to contraceptives, more restrictions on immigration, and a vehement hatred of liberalism. Their platform sums it up thusly:

"We believe that these values must be stressed: tradition; nation; family; religious ethics; free enterprise. We want to use the leadership election to argue for principles and policies, not about personalities. We must seize the centre ground and pull it kicking and screaming towards us. That is the only way to demolish the foundations of the liberal establishment and demonstrate to the electorate the fundamental flaws on which it is based."
Strange Desertion of Tory England: The Conservative Alternative to the Liberal Orthodoxy, July 2005.[2]

In other words, there's a reason why even other Conservative Party members are embarrassed by them.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Their "president" Edward Leigh is more or less openly a homophobe
  2. Forman, Daniel (25 July 2015). "Conservative MPs call for 'moral values' agenda". ePolitix.com. Archived from the original on 4 June 2011. Retrieved 25 October 2015. The pamphlet was also critical of the outgoing leader Michael Howard's general election campaign, which it accused of being "too timid" on tax cuts, public service reform and family values. "We believe that these values must be stressed: tradition, nation, family, religious ethics, free enterprise," Leigh said. "We want to use the leadership election to argue for principles and policies, not about personalities." He attacked modernisers who want to ape New Labour's cultural liberalism. "The liberals have constructed an empire of cultural assumptions which, conservatives must realise, you either surrender to or fight," he said. "Emulating New Labour both lacks authenticity and is unlikely to make us popular. "We must seize the centre ground and pull it kicking and screaming towards us. That is the only way to demolish the foundations of the liberal establishment and demonstrate to the electorate the fundamental flaws on which it is based."
  3. Such as Alan Duncan