8:36 am - May 13th 2008
A week ago Nadine Dorries launched the 20 weeks Campaign through the Daily Mail, which wrote up this glowing story and dedicated its editorial comment strip to supporting it. The 20 Weeks website has Nadine Dorries MP’s picture on every page and she has promoted it relentlessly through her blog. So we can reasonably assume it is her campaign.
But who is behind this campaign? Is it just Ms Dorries? The website doesn’t say. On the Q&A page however it does have this question: Is this a religious campaign?. Answer: “No. There are people of all faiths and of no faith who support this campaign.”
But that’s about it. Shouldn’t we be told who is running a campaign fronted by a Conservative MP?
I say this because thanks to Unity we can provide the answer. A search on the domain name reveals that it was registered by David Clark. Email address: email@example.com.
That email address is a give-away because David Clark is in fact one of the founding members of Christian Concern for our Nation.
In other words, Nadine Dorries is fronting and representing campaign without declaring that is in fact being run by a religious group that: “exists to serve the Church by providing information to enable Christians to publicly stand up against a tide of unchristian legal and political changes in the United Kingdom..”
If this is indeed a campaign specifically by Nadine Dorries MP, then a Christian group is funding it. The website specifically says it is not a religious campaign yet it is funded and most likely designed by a religious organisation that is not listed anywhere.
CCFON launched its own anti-abortion website recently called Alive and Kicking. AaK is linked to from the 20 weeks website in numerous places.
CCFON is close to the Conservative Christian Fellowship (CCF), which was co-founded by Tim Montgomerie of ConservativeHome and includes Caroline Spelman MP as one of its members. The website says that: “For many years the CCF has been hosted within Conservative Campaign Headquarters.” Sweet.
The all-party Parliamentary Pro-Life Group recently also launched its own anti-abortion website: Passion For Life, registered incidentally by a certain Ian Lucas at parliament. Lucas is a trustee of the CCF.
The Passion For Life website advises readers to use the CCFON briefing pack to speak to MPs about the Human Embryology and Fertilisation Bill.
Why doesn’t Nadine Dorries MP openly declare her campaign’s links to Christian Concern For Our Nation and state that is being funded by that organisation?
[Yesterday I pointed out how Nadine Dorries has, I believe, broken parliamentary rules and have submitted an official letter of complaint to that effect. All this week we'll be exposing the Tory MP's campaign here on LC]
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Sunny Hundal is editor of LC. Also: on Twitter, at Pickled Politics and Guardian CIF.
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