Editorial: Who know where they stand

I asked someone from Penny Mordaunt’s campaign team this week why he thought his candidate didn’t make the final two in the Conservative Party leadership contest.

His response was that not enough MPs had a sense of where she stood on some pretty fundamental questions – not least transgender identity. I’m sure others in her campaign team would dispute this. But what’s clear is that people like to know where politicians stand.

Jack Valero and Austin Ivereigh’s book Who Know Where They Stand is well worth a read in setting out how Catholics can communicate their faith in the public sphere.

In order to get a better idea of where Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss stand, the Catholic Union has written to them with a series of questions.

The questions cover tax policy, dignity of life, freedom of religion or belief, faith schools, and free speech. The responses are not just important to Catholics but society as a whole.

They will shape the direction of the Conservative Party and our Country for some time to come.