Police, teachers and the parents of three teenagers from Liverpool who have run away from home fear they may have been radicalised and travelled south to join the Conservative party. The three girls were last seen at Watford Gap services, wearing traditional Tory dress of yellow corduroy trousers, tweed jackets and a blue rosette.
The girls’ headteacher has said it was very unlikely they were radicalised through computers at the school. He did concede a recent spate of industrial action by teachers may have left the girls feeling resentful towards unions and the left, making them a prime target for Tory radicalisation.
‘Looking back we may have noticed some signs they were becoming right wing,’ one of the girl’s parents said, ‘but we thought it was normal for 16-year-old girls to have posters of Boris Johnson on their walls. In hindsight, when she bought a horse, dressed up in fancy dress and started using a pack of hounds to hunt any job-seekers in the area, it was a bit of a clue.’
Merseyside Police say they are following a number of leads in connection with the girls’ disappearance and radicalisation, and have arrested one man for ‘possessing offensive material that can aid a Tory’. A spokesman explained: ‘A man in his 30s is in custody after a dawn raid uncovered a copy of The Sun in his property.’
‘We will continue to search for these girls and have officers making their way to the Conservative party’s Millbank headquarters, which is where we believe they may be heading.’ When asked what it is that makes people join the Tory party, the spokesman said it was probably due to fundamentalist Conservative dogma which promises that all party members will receive 72 virgins in paradise, or as it’s more commonly known, Henley-on-Thames.
James Pluside (Hat tip to Crayon)