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The Cornerstone Group is a socially conservative or traditional conservative political faction within the Britishmarker Conservative Party. The group emphasizes traditional values, exemplified by the motto of principles: Faith, Flag, and Family. It consists of Members of Parliament with a traditionalist stance, and was founded in 2005. Currently the Cornerstone Group is led by its president Edward Leigh and chairman John Hayes. There are around thirty Conservative Party Members of Parliament who belong to the group at present.

Within the Conservative Party there are three main factions; along with the traditional leaning Cornerstone Group there are also the One Nation Conservatism and Thatcherite elements. There is sometimes an overlap between these groups, depending on certain issues. The Cornerstone Group supports the unitary governance of the British state and opposes attempts to transfer power away from it — either downward to regionalisms in the shape of devolution, or upwards to the international control of the European Union. A manifesto released around the time of foundation set out its intentions:


The name stems from its support for three British social institutions: the Church of England, the unitary British state, and the family. To this end, they emphasise England's Anglican heritage (although many are looking to Roman Catholicism in the wake of increasing liberalism in the Church of England), oppose any transfer of power away from the United Kingdommarker -- either downwards to the nations and regions or upwards to the European Union -- and seek to place greater emphasis on traditional family structures to repair what they see as a broken society in Britain.

They oppose high levels of immigration into the UK. Some members also support capital punishment. Prominent MPs from this wing of the party include Owen Paterson and Edward Leigh—himself a prominent Roman Catholic, notable in a faction marked out by its support for the established Church of England. Alan Duncan once referred to this wing as a "Taliban tendency" within the party. The conservative English philosopher Roger Scruton represents the intellectual wing of the Cornerstone Group: his writings rarely touch on economics and instead concentrate on providing conservative perspectives on political, social, cultural and moral issues.


Below are the current MPs who are part of the Cornerstone Group, as listed on the organisation's website.
Member Constituency MP since
Edward Leigh Gainsboroughmarker 1983
John Henry Hayes South Holland and the Deepingsmarker 1997
Brian Binley Northampton Southmarker 2005
Nadine Dorries Mid Bedfordshiremarker 2005
Charles Walker Broxbournemarker 2005
David TC Davies Monmouthmarker 2005
Stephen Crabb Preseli Pembrokeshire 2005
David Burrowes Enfield Southgatemarker 2005
Julian Brazier Canterburymarker 1987
Greg Hands Hammersmith and Fulhammarker 2005
Owen Paterson North Shropshire 1997
David Jones Clwyd West 2005
David Amess Southend Westmarker 1997 (prev. 1983)
Ian Liddell-Grainger Bridgwater 2001
Bill Cash Stone 1997 (prev. 1984)
John Redwood Wokingham 1987
Laurence Robertson Tewkesbury 1997
John Whittingdale Maldon and East Chelmsfordmarker 1997 (prev. 1992)
Philip Davies Shipleymarker 2005
Philip Hollobone Kettering marker 2005
Christopher Fraser South West Norfolkmarker 2005 (prev. 1997)
Christopher Chope Christchurch 1997 (prev. 1983)
Peter Bone Wellingboroughmarker 2005
Lee Scott Ilford Northmarker 2005
Andrew Turner Isle of Wightmarker 2001
Douglas Carswell Harwichmarker 2005
Robert Goodwill Scarborough and Whitby 2005
Adam Holloway Graveshammarker 2005
Daniel Kawczynski Shrewsbury and Atchammarker 2005
Greg Knight East Yorkshiremarker 2001 (prev. 1983)
Andrew Rosindell Romfordmarker 2001

See also


  1. Amess was MP for Basildon from 1983 until 1997
  2. Cash was MP for Stafford from 1984 until 1997
  3. Whittingdale was MP for South Colchester and Maldon from 1992 until 1997
  4. Fraser was MP for Mid Dorset and North Poole from 1997 until 2001
  5. Chope was MP for Southampton Itchen from 1983 until 1992
  6. Knight was MP for Derby North from 1983 until 1997

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