Before the election I wrote about how the Christian Fundamentalist Right were staking out a position inside the Tory Party, specifically mentioning Phillipa Stroud. I referred to an Observer article that said this about Mrs Stroud;
As head of the influential Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), a Christian-orientated thinktank set up by former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith, Stroud has had a profound effect on the party’s approach to social issues.
The CSJ claims to have been responsible for formulating some 70 Tory policies. David Cameron’s controversial tax breaks for married couples owes much to its thinking.
Now, it seems that the Stroud/IDS connection has been made even more explicit, because Mr Duncan Smith has given her a job at the DWP as a special advisor. There is already a Facebook group calling on David Cameron to sack her.
Mrs Stroud, who failed to win a seat in the General Election, responded to allegations in The Observer by saying;
“I make no apology for being a committed Christian. However it is categorically untrue that I believe homosexuality to be an illness and I am deeply offended that The Observer has suggested otherwise.”
Well, OK, but that was never suggested in the original article at all. The Observer claim was that Philippa Stroud had founded a church that purported to “cure” gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people through exorcising their “demons” through prayer.
She has not directly responded to such claims.
A supporter of Clause 28, Mrs May has opposed the equalisation of the age of consent, didn’t even turn up to vote on the Gender Recognition Act and opposed adoption rights for gay couples.
One wonders how much of a commitment to LGBT equality Mrs May actually has.