Philippa Stroud

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Philippa Stroud (born 1965)[1] is a co-founder and former Executive Director of the think tank the Centre for Social Justice. She is a member of the Conservative Party and in 2009 The Daily Telegraph named her as the 82nd most influential right-winger, ahead of the last Conservative leader Michael Howard.[2]

Life before politics[edit]

Stroud spent seventeen years in poverty-fighting projects and published a book on social injustice. In 1987-89 she worked in Hong Kong and Macau amongst the addict community. From 1989-96 she pioneered a four-stage residential support project in Bedford enabling homeless people to move off the streets and to become contributing members of the community. From 2001-2003 Stroud developed a project to care for addicts, the homeless and those in debt in Birmingham.[3]

In politics[edit]

In 2003, Stroud co-founded the Centre for Social Justice. She has twice been a Conservative candidate in a general election: she came third in Birmingham Ladywood in 2005;[4] and on 6 May 2010, as candidate for Sutton and Cheam, she came second to incumbent Liberal Democrat Paul Burstow.[5]

After the election, she was appointed as a Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith.[6]

Church controversy[edit]

During the 2010 election campaign, it was claimed by The Observer, but denied by Stroud, that in 1989, having returned from Hong Kong, she had founded the Kings Arms Trust[7] in Bedford, that provided religiously-based social services to alcoholics and drug addicts. Twenty-one years later, the church attracted controversy when an article in The Observer of 2 May 2010 alleged they had tried to "cure" homosexuals and transgender individuals by driving out their 'demons' in the name of God.[8] Immediately after the allegations of the article, Stroud responded in a statement saying that it was "categorically untrue that I believe homosexuality to be an 'illness'".[9] David Cameron defended Stroud stating that "She believes in gay equality" and had made "a very clear statement to say she was completely misreported".[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Telegraph Sutton and Cheam candidate profile
  2. ^ Dale, Iain; Brian Brivati (4 October 2009), Top 100 most influential Right-wingers: 100-51, London: The Daily Telegraph, retrieved 3 May 2010 
  3. ^ Centre for Social Justice - People, Centre for Social Justice, retrieved 10 May 2010 
  4. ^ "Philippa Stroud: Electoral history and profile". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2 May 2010. 
  5. ^ Election 2010 Constituency Sutton & Cheam, BBC News, 7 May 2010, retrieved 8 May 2010 
  6. ^ http://www.tips-q.com/new/msm/212229-philippa-stroud-appointed-special-advisor-department-work-and-pensions
  7. ^ Doward, Jamie; Rogers, Richard; Flyn, Cal (2 May 2010). "Rising Tory star Philippa Stroud ran prayer sessions to 'cure' gay people". The Guardian (London). 
  8. ^ Jamie Doward, Cal Flyn and Richard Rogers, "Rising Tory star Philippa Stroud ran prayer sessions to 'cure' gay people", The Observer, 2 May 2010
  9. ^ Beckford, Martin (2 May 2010). "General Election 2010: Tory candidate 'tried to 'cure' gay people through prayer'". London: The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 10 May 2010. 
  10. ^ "Election: Cameron backs Stroud after church claims". BBC News. 4 May 2010. Retrieved 4 May 2010.