Tory MPs want Families Minister

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Plans for the creation of a new Minister for Families role have attracted widespread support in Parliament, with 44 Conservative MPs as well as eight peers backing the idea.

If created the post would, supporters say, improve the co-ordination of family-centred policies across government. MPs in favour include Nicky Morgan, Tim Loughton and Iain Duncan Smith.

The 52 Conservative politicians have formed a formal group in support of the notion and even published a manifesto entitled Strengthening Families. This calls on the government to add the new role to an existing cabinet post.

The Manifesto declares:

“Supporting families cuts across every part of government and requires a high level of cross-departmental working. To deliver this effectively, a cabinet minister should be appointed with responsibility for families. In the same way that the Education Secretary also holds the equalities brief, another secretary of state with a cross-governmental brief or one of the larger departments such as work and pensions or communities and local government should also bear named responsibility for families.”

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4 comments

Andrew - September 8, 2017 at 9:11am

A Minister for Families? Please!
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I am reminded of Groucho Marx’s line:
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When you got troubles you need a lawyer. Then you got more troubles but at least you got a lawyer!

D - September 8, 2017 at 9:43am

Fabulous invention by the Conservatives; with all probability it will have plenty powers and very little budget. More of the modern state telling you how to live your life, monitoring that you are following the guidelines, because you’re too stupid to think for yourself and when it comes to the crunch absolutely no help.

Paul - September 8, 2017 at 12:43pm

Potentially a good idea. The success of this idea depends on what the accepted deffinition of ‘family’ is.
Chances are they will ruin it by appointment. There is nobody who they could nominate who would please everyone.
The most like likey outcome is that they will appoint a lesbian femanist.
No offense intended there are many in parliment clamouring for top job and gay males for that matter. Just an observation nothing more. But how would a lesbian femanist legislate for male female family situations realisticly ? I certainly would not trust or want one interfering in my domestic situation.
Or in the interest of diversity they may appoint a Muslim minister. Without making a racial issue. A Muslim family values and structure is very differnt than a western one. Every decission made by such a minister would no doubt go under the right wing microscope.
One thing i am 100% certain of is that they would deffinatly not appoint a fathers rights activist. Not even if he ticked all the right diversity boxes.

ME - September 9, 2017 at 4:01pm

Will this person be able to stop Local Authorities from stealing childrens birth certified identity to implement false Care Proceedings? I think not

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