As Stephen Crabb enters the Tory leadership contest, his colleague Maria Caulfield sums up his pitch as the ‘blue collar’ candidate in a piece for the Telegraph:
Stephen Crabb has a proven track record of being a One Nation Conservative who can cut across communities with his message of social justice for all.
Not just because he grew up on a council estate and was raised by his single mum or because he funded his way through university by working as a builder, but also because during his six years in government he has helped support some of the most disadvantaged communities in Britain.’
But as author James Bloodworth (late of this parish) has noted, Stephen Crabb is, despite his roots, no friend of the working class.
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12.00: That’s it for our referendum liveblog. We will, of course, continue to provide analysis of the major developments.
We can expect candidates for the Conservative leadership to start jostling for position over the weekend, and we’re likely to see a serious attempt to topple Jeremy Corbyn as well.
But while internal party politics will fill a lot of column inches over the next few days, the most important consideration – as Frances O’ Grady of the TUC has said – must be to shore up the economy and ensure that working people, and vulnerable communities, do not bear the brunt of this decision.
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An undergraduate pro-life group at Yale University has been rejected for full membership in the school’s community-service umbrella organization.
Choose Life at Yale (CLAY) spent the past year as a provisional member of Dwight Hall, an organization that calls itself the “Center of Public Service and Social Justice” and enjoys 501(c)(3) nonprofit status.
But the social-justice organization voted Wednesday to deny CLAY full membership, which would give the pro-life group access to Dwight Hall’s funds, meeting rooms, service vehicles, and many other resources. CLAY had one minute to present its case for membership, followed by no deliberations whatsoever. Immediately after the presentation, one representative from each of the 96 member organizations of Dwight Hall voted. The exact tally is unknown to those outside Dwight Hall, but a majority voted against the pro-life group.
On the day before the vote, one of the student leaders of Dwight Hall wrote an op-ed in the Yale Daily News that asked fellow student leaders to reject CLAY’s petition for membership. Andre Manuel argued that the vote was not a matter of free speech but of a difference in opinion over the definition of “social justice.” According to Manuel, a group that denies reproductive rights cannot have a claim to an organization that promotes social justice.
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Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Monday announced his support for Andy Tobin in the race for Congress in eastern Arizona’s District 1.
Tobin, who serves in the state Legislature as House speaker, is running in a three-way primary with state Rep. Adam Kwasman, R-Oro Valley, and rancher and oilman Gary Kiehne. The winner will challenge U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., in the toss-up district in November.
“Andy is a proven conservative whose leadership in Arizona has been crucial to cutting state government spending, lowering taxes and fighting to stop ObamaCare,” Romney said in a written statement released by Tobin’s campaign. “He has the courage and resolve we need in Washington. Andy is a leader who will do the right thing for the people of Arizona.”
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