Tory power stance

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The Tory power stance is a human body position notably adopted by members of the British Conservative Party. The posture consists of standing with the legs spread wide apart, like a heavyweight boxer about to enter the ring.[1][2][3] The position has been described colloquially as "the Beyoncé", after the performer Beyoncé.[4] The stance has also been called the "Tory power pose" and "the John Wayne".[5]

The stance first came to public attention 2015 Conservative Party Conference,[6] but had previously been used by Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair.[7] The stance is intended to display power and confidence, perhaps based on the controversial 'power posing' hypothesis of Amy Cuddy or a misunderstanding of it.[8][9] Politicians pictured in this stance have included Sajid Javid, George Osborne, David Cameron,[10] Tony Blair[11] and Theresa May.[12][13]

Articles in the tabloid press have compared the power stance with poses by characters from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and Blackadder.[14][15]


  1. ^ Smith, Mikey (2018-04-30). "New Home Secretary Sajid Javid adopts awkward Tory 'wide standing' stance". mirror. Retrieved 2018-04-30.
  2. ^ Bartlett, Evan (2016-06-03). "Tories keep doing that incredibly weird thing with their legs". indy100. Retrieved 2018-04-30.
  3. ^ Wheeler, Brian (2018-05-01). "When is it OK to do a 'power pose'?". BBC News. Retrieved 2018-05-01. Standing like a heavyweight boxer about to enter the ring is an actual management technique - albeit a slightly controversial one.
  4. ^ Williams, Zoe (2017-09-13). "The power pose is dead – here's how to really stand strong". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-04-30.
  5. ^ BBC News Staff (2018-05-01). "'Javid's fresh start' and UK's care shame". BBC News. Retrieved 2018-05-01.
  6. ^ Khaleeli, Homa (2015-10-07). "A body language lesson gone wrong: why is George Osborne standing like Beyoncé?". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-04-30.
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  8. ^ Sharma, Ruchira (2018-04-30). "A body language expert on why Sajid Javid (and other Conservatives) use the bizarre 'power pose'". iNews. Retrieved 2018-04-30.
  9. ^ Khaleeli, Homa (2015-10-07). "A body language lesson gone wrong: why is George Osborne standing like Beyoncé?". The Guardian. Retrieved 2019-01-03.
  10. ^ Smith, Mikey (2016-06-02). "Has David Cameron finally caught the Tory 'wide standing' disease?". mirror. Retrieved 2018-04-30.
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  12. ^ Belam, Martin (2018-04-30). "Sajid Javid and the return of the Tory power stance". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-04-30.
  13. ^ Mills, Jen (2018-04-30). "Why do Tories keep standing like this?". Metro. Retrieved 2018-04-30.
  14. ^ "Here's why people are mocking Sajid Javid for doing the Tory Power Pose". The Sun. 2018-05-01. Retrieved 2018-05-01.
  15. ^ "Sajid Javid adopts the power pose outside the Home Office". Mail Online. Retrieved 2018-05-01.