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The 'And' theory in the UK The 'And' theory has been embraced by several leading conservative politicians in the UK, including the current Conservative Party leader David Cameron<ref></ref> (although the term 'the And theory' tends not to be expressly mentioned due to its clunky and potentially confusing name). When challenging for the leadership of the party, Cameron said:

"When we talk about foreign affairs, we don't just stand up for Gibraltar and Zimbabwe but for the people of Darfur and sub-Saharan Africa who are living on less than a dollar a day and getting poorer while we're getting richer"<ref>David Cameron to Conservative Party conference, 4 October 2005,</ref>

Cameron therefore encouraged Conservatives to be concerned by the former Empire territory of Zimbabwe and the situation in Darfur.

Former Conservative Party leader Iain Duncan Smith has continued to promote 'And' politics, most notably in his 2005 pamphlet 'Good For Me, Good For My Neighbour' written with Danny Kruger:

“I have never believed that modernisation requires the jettisoning of Conservative Euroscepticism, or of our belief in low taxation, or of our tough approach to crime. These principles remain enduringly popular with the public. My proposal for the modernisation of the Party is not to subtract from these core principles – but to add to them.”<ref>'Good For Me, Good For My Neighbour', Centre for Social Justice, 2005</ref>

Duncan Smith has encouraged the party to embrace a "social justice" agenda (traditionally associated with the Left) based on a commitment to the family (seen as an issue of the right).<ref>'Breakdown Britain', Social Justice Policy Group, 2006</ref>

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The 'And' theory in the UK