General Election 2010: Most ignored story of the campaign – Philippa Stroud?

Now here’s a thing that’s curious to say the least. In this General Election where social media has supposedly been one of the biggest influences on voters, changing the way that people are thinking about political campaigning, isn’t it odd that one of the biggest stories on Twitter at present, has hardly had a mention in the British media?

That’s the view of Benjamin Cohen on Channel4.com and after reading his article we have to agree with him. It does seem pretty extraordinary. Apparently there was an article in yesterday’s Observer about a woman called Philippa Stroud who is currently standing as a Conservative candidate for the constituency of Sutton and Cheam.


It seems as though Mrs Stroud had founded a church whose intention it was to “cure” people from being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered, by praying away their “demons”. Although it was several times one of the most talked about subjects on Twitter in the world, it did not hit the British mainstream media in any major way at all. Why not?

Mrs Stroud has issued a statement that says, “I make no apology for being a committed Christian. However it is categorically untrue that I believe homosexuality to be an illness and I am deeply offended that the Observer has suggested otherwise.”

For more on this story go to channel4.com. It does seem extraordinarily bizarre to us that there hardly seems any coverage of this story in the papers or on TV, after all it would seem as though it should be a huge story. What are your thoughts on this? We’d be interested to hear from you.

  • Peter

    It's foolish to believe the observer's article tells us the truth. In all honesty the facts about the people interviewed are very vague and unclear. To spend 20 years of your life working with gay people, alcoholics and the homeless doesn't show a lack of compassion and love for these people at all! Infact the exact opposite. For a paper to accuse her of saying some of these things is harsh indeed

  • Ben

    This is probably due to the fact that the majority of the print media in this country is supporting the Conservatives and Ms Stroud looks as though she will win her seat. Well done to the Observer for picking it up. I think it would be tragic having someone who believes that homosexuality is to do with 'demons' as an MP, let alone a junior minister – what next!?

  • Billy

    Heterosexual douchebaggery at its finest!

  • Katie

    It is frightening! Why won't they touch such an important story which of public interest? If Gordon Brown farts it is headline news! The media isn't coming out of the election at all well.

  • Jim Harper

    When confronted with a piece of information the correct question to ask the provider and yourself is "Is it True " not " Do I like it "

    Within this one should seek and speak "The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth"