We ran a piece on South Devon MPs’ register of interest, mentioning West Devon MP Gary Streeter’s links to Christian organisation CARE (Christian Action Research and Education), and quoting The Telegraph, which called the organisation fundamentalist, likening it to right-wing US organisations. Gary has told us this is wrong.
The MP, who has a CARE intern (like other MPs, including Labour and Lib Dems), told us: “The Telegraph story was wrong! CARE are a moderate compassionate group trying to make the country better.”
They have no links to the USA and are about as right wing as Gordon Brown.
You can decide just how right wing that is.
And Gary makes no bones about his Christian faith. His site says: “His Christian faith and his wish to make a contribution to the community, are the foundational reasons why he became involved in politics.” And his Christian faith and the effect it has on his world view is the overriding factor in his day-to-day political and family life.
The Skeptical Voter site says CARE ‘have a history of campaigning against equal rights for homosexual people and are firmly against abortion’. Which is consistent with Gary Streeter’s stance on abortion – he supported Nadine Dorries side-swipe at women’s right to choose.
The CARE intern programme has been raising eyebrows for a while now, with the arguments echoing the current ‘special advisor’ issue of Liam Fox and Adam Werritty. Here’s what The Independent had to say on the matter.
The Truth About CARE, quoted on the Skeptical Voter Wiki says ‘we are concerned that CARE not only holds illiberal and socially regressive views, but that this organisation represents a very real threat to secular democracy’, but The Truth About CARE site no longer exists.
If you have any more information about CARE, drop us a line. Comments below, please.