Campaigners welcome first Tory Cabinet Minister with a beard since 1905

An important and under-reported aspect of yesterday’s Cabinet reshuffle…

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Beard Liberation Front
PRESS RELEASE 15th July
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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…

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

  1. “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.”

    Statistically, it is highly significant that, at least in the last couple of centuries, those on the left have generally been less shaven than those on the right (this goes for women as well).

  2. Bryn Jones Says:

    This is evidence of the oppression of the Welsh by the United Kingdom government: imposing on them a Secretary of State with a beard.

  3. Note that many of the younger kings and princes on the Continent now sport beards.

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