Another Tory hypocrite: Former IDS adviser speaks AGAINST tax credit cuts and votes FOR them

Baroness (Philippa) Stroud. One might suggest she should be de-robed but if anyone took it literally the result would be too grisly to contemplate.

A leading Tory Party think tank has warned George Osborne his tax credit cuts could discourage the lowest-paid from seeking work and told him the government needs to soften the cuts to help poor families.

The warnings come in a report released today by the new Executive Director of the Centre for Social Justice Philippa Stroud, in which even the former Iain Duncan Smith adviser tells Osborne:

“Why have a surplus if we can’t protect those on the lowest pay, doing the right thing by taking work?”

Interestingly, Ms Stroud has a second day job as Tory peer Baroness Stroud.

Who, erm … voted against softening the effects of the chancellor’s tax credit cuts just last week.

Source: Influential Tory think tank to Osborne: think again on tax credit cuts | Political Scrapbook

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14 thoughts on “Another Tory hypocrite: Former IDS adviser speaks AGAINST tax credit cuts and votes FOR them

  1. Bill Kruse

    Speaking of tax credits, I only found out today that when you lose your tax credits, as is proposed for many, you also lose entitlement to a range of health-related benefits like free eye-checks etc. So, when you have less money, you’re expected to pay more. Good old Tories, eh? 🙂

  2. Mr.Angry

    Too grizzly to contemplate I am still cringing at the thought, yet another member of the clan, it’s endless.

    Why don’t they just sell us all as slaves we may get a better life than the one they are making for us now.

  3. AndyH

    Are these speeches staged to give the impression the Conservatives actually have some compassionate members?

  4. Lucy

    The comment about literally disrobing her being grisly to contemplate is totally out of order. How she looks is irrelevant. Please do your politics without doing sexism.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      By de-robing a member of the House of Lords, I very clearly meant removing their title (and therefore their right to sit in the House). If we had been discussing a man and I had made the comment you find offensive here, would you have objected on the grounds of sexism then?

      1. mili68

        Speaking as a feminist I cannot believe that another person (male or female) could have been that ill informed that they really thought you meant ‘de-robing’ was an attack on how she looked and was a sexist comment!
        Probably a ‘plant’ by the Tories!!

      2. Jennie Sapherson

        Actually Mike it wasn’t that obvious, so thank you for clarifying. Thank you for everything you do.

  5. Andy C

    Phillipa Stroud is seriously dodgy


    30) Phillipa Stroud is the head of the Centre for Social Justice, the right wing thinktank set up by Iain Duncan Smith in 2004. Conservative high-flyer Philippa Stroud founded a church that tried to ‘cure’ homosexuals by driving out their ‘demons. She frequently lobbies IDS’s department on behalf of the Centre for Social Justice. Philippa Stroud stood as a Conservative candidate for Sutton and Cheam in the 2010 election. For her role as special adviser to Duncan Smith, Stroud is paid an annual salary of £94,000. Believes in “joyful female submission”.

    “Rising Tory star Philippa Stroud ran prayer sessions to ‘cure’ gay people”
    Jamie Doward, Cal Flyn and Richard Rogers, 26 May 2010

    “Iain Duncan Smith adviser being paid by think tank lobbying his department”
    Juliette Jowitt, 5 November 2012

    much much much more about IDS’s special homophobic and anti-abortion advisor here (a wiki constructed by Spinwatch) –

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