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Campaigners welcome first Tory Cabinet Minister with a beard since 1905

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2014 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front
PRESS RELEASE 15th July
Contact Keith Flett 07803 167266
CAMPAIGNERS WELCOME FIRST TORY CABINET MINISTER WITH A BEARD SINCE 1905
The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has welcomed David Cameron’s decision to appoint Preseli Pembrokeshire MP Stephen Crabb as Welsh Secretary in the new Cabinet.

Crabb becomes the first Tory Cabinet Minister with a beard since the 4th Earl of Onslow stepped down as President of the Board of Agriculture in March 1905*

The campaigners say that the Tory Party has had a reputation for pogonophobia, reinforced when John Selwyn Gummer was reputedly told by Mrs Thatcher to shave his beard off if he wanted a Cabinet seat. In more recent years there have been a few hirsute Tory MPs such as John Randall who has just signalled his intention to step down as MP for Uxbridge
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BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, a beard in the Cabinet is long overdue and no doubt Mr Cameron will be secretly pleased that it is a Tory and not a LibDem beard. Many will hope that it means the Prime Minister is at last coming to understand a ‘no cuts’ message.

*thanks to the Conservative History Group @ConHistGrp

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2 Responses to “Campaigners welcome first Tory Cabinet Minister with a beard since 1905”

  1. What about Charles Clarke?

  2. Reblogged this on In the Dark and commented:
    An important and under-reported aspect of yesterday’s Cabinet reshuffle…

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