The Conservative website is, by default, an English website

Originally published 22nd December 2009

David Cameron has pledged to support children’s hospices in England. Good. And I say that without my usual cynicism.

But as usual, the press release made no mention of the fact that this was an announcement about England.

Dear Mr Lansley,

I welcome the fact that you have pledged £10M to fund children’s hospices.

From your press release it is unclear as to whether this is £10M for childrens’ hospices in England or £10M across the whole UK.

Ensuring proper funding for children’s hospices

Please could you tell me whether this £10M is pledged for England or the UK?

Many thanks,

Gareth


Many thanks for your email to Mr Lansley. I can confirm that it is for England.

kind regards
Connie

Connie Sturgess
Office of Andrew Lansley CBE MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Health


Thank you Connie.

Is there some reason the Conservatives never mention England on their website? Various stories that concern England are presented as if there is no territorial dimension – a casual reader would probably conclude that they apply to the entire UK.

For example.
Universities bailing out students due to loan delays
Almost 65,000 children a day are skipping school
Lansley calls for action to reverse public health time bomb
Curriculum changes will lead to children learning less

These articles relate specifically to England, yet they make no mention of that fact. I’m curious as to why.

Best,

Gareth


Unless we state otherwise our announcements relate to England, we will state UK/Scotland/Wales if the announcement relates to these. Most people understand that Wales and Scotland are devolved. Thank you for your comment though.

Merry Christmas!

kind regards
Connie

Connie Sturgess
Office of Andrew Lansley CBE MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Health


Thank you for the clarification. Given that it is a UK website – the website of the UK Conservative Party – I had assumed that announcements related to the United Kingdom unless otherwise stated. But as by default it is an English website that also carries UK, Scottish and Welsh announcements, I can see your logic.

Many thanks, and a merry Christmas to you.

Gareth

So there you have it. The Conservative and Unionist Party website is an English website. Everything you read on www.conservatives.com relates to England unless it explicitly states otherwise.