The Cornerstone Group is a highly principled (right wing) conservative group of MP’s working from within the Conservative Party.
It is opposed to gay marriage.
It is generally fairly homophobic
Global warming is a hoax.
Abortion should be banned.
Sexual abstinence should be taught in schools.
Contraceptives should be discouraged.
Immigration should be strictly controlled.
Liberalism is a disease.
“We believe that these values must be stressed:
We will 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.”
2005: The Cornerstone Group Website Launch.
In his opening address Chairman Edward Leigh MP wrote about the aims and aspirations of the Group:
“We represent traditional Tory themes of nation, family, enterprise and compassion, founded on Judaeo-Christian ethics.
We keep the flame burning because we believe that a vigorous discussion about Conservative ideas can be of immense value to our party”
“We applaud David Cameron’s decision to speak up in favour of marriage.”
Tory Party Insider Comment:
This little lot, and their mono-ethnic, mono-cultural, anti-diversity, anti-homosexual, unevangelical view of the world are a major swathe of a party that is likely to win power at the next general election.
2006: Cornerstone Group Supporters and friends List
David TC Davies,
Tory Party Insider Comments:
I think this Group is a good development. The real fight will begin, when detailed policy is announced.
Until then, this is just limbering up prior to the bell on Cornerstone’s part.
A big tussle is coming though.
The policies they advocate are very sensible. Those who brush them off as reactionaries betray their own bigotry in a way.
The Group’s views are also held by many Northern voters – from canvassing experience in Leeds last month there are still many who would like to see more emphasis on some of the Cornerstone principles.
I never quite figured out how lurching hard to the right wins us more voters in the north
The Cornerstone Group are not always to my political taste, but I think they should be an important lobbying group to make sure we focus on a full policy agenda.
I think we need the Cornerstone group to promote tax and law and order.
The alternative is people like those on here, no names mentioned, that get excited by the words someone is “right wing” without actually thinking about policy or ideology.
14 May 2012: Right Winger Mundell – Founder Friend of the “Cornerstone Group”
The group mission statement:
“We are a group of Conservative MPs dedicated to the traditional values which have shaped the British way of life throughout this country’s history.
* We believe in the spiritual values which have informed British institutions, her culture and her nation’s sense of identity for centuries, underpinned by the belief in a strong nation state.
* We stand for the Monarchy, traditional marriage; family and community duties, proper pride in our nation’s distinctive qualities, quality of life over soulless utility.
* We support, social responsibility over personal selfishness, social justice as civic duty, (not state dependency) compassion and our ancient liberties against politically correct censorship.
* We believe in reducing government waste, lower taxation and deregulation, and a commitment to our democratically elected parliament.” (conservativehome)
13 January 2016: Scottish Secretary Mundell Comes Out the Closet as Gay
Mundell married Lynda Carmichael in 1987. The couple separated in 2010 and divorced in 2012
They had 3 children: Oliver 28 (recently elected to Holyrood), Eve 26 and Lewis 25. .
Scottish Secretary David Mundell wrote on his personal website that it was time to “acknowledge in public as well as in private, who I am”.
The 53-year-old MP said he hoped that coming out would not change anything about how he was treated.
He is believed to be the first openly-gay Conservative cabinet secretary.
Mundell, wrote in his online post: “New Year, new start! I have already set out my political priorities for the year and now I am setting out my personal one:
“Having taken one of the most important decisions of my life and resolved to come out as gay in 2016, I just want to get on with it, and now, just like that, I have said it.
I still cannot rationalise my feelings , but they are not uncommon, particularly in men of my age” adding, “of course, everybody who gets to this point, has had their own journey.
I have certainly been on mine – conflicting emotions, of doubts and fears, but ultimately positive and uplifting, with an unstoppable direction of travel.
Over time, I have come to understand that, for me, the only way to be truly happy on a personal level is to acknowledge in public as well as in private, who I am.” (BBC News)