The family has grown in importance in British politics during the course of the last 100 years. An appeal to the family and family values has now become an irresistible one for political parties, left and right. The Labour Party’s 1997 election manifesto, for example, contained a section on family policy entitled ‘We will strengthen family life’ (Labour Party, 1997: 24-27), and the 2005 manifesto also included a chapter on the subject (Labour Party, 2005: Ch. 6). The Conservatives similarly emphasised their commitment to supporting the family (Conservative Party, 1997: 13-20). It will be remembered that one of Margaret Thatcher’s more memorable (or infamous) remarks – ‘There is no such thing as society’ – was also a comment on the family; she went on to say ‘there are individual men and women, and there are families’ (see Chapter 10) (Thatcher, 1993: 628).