There is a basic mis-match in the way GR and QM picture space. In GR, space bends to produce mass and gravity. In QM, space is a nuetral background for the actions of particles and force fields. Most recent work attempts to extend the QM/QED/QCD model to explain gravity. The opposite approach would be to extend GR to incorporate different modes of distortion of space, similar to the way in which solid bodies can undergo bending moment, shear and torque as well as simple tension and compression. In particular, some form of twist in space might be used to model the effect of charge. Twists in opposite directions could be labelled positive and negative charges. Opposite charges would tend to unravel, pull together and cancel each other out. Like charges would repel, in both cases relieving the local stresses. Although I have a preferred model to explain this, at this stage I would like some feedback on the general principle. It offers the promise of an overlap between GR and QM and a simpler explanation of a wide range of measurable effects. I am aware that such an approach is not conventional but I am looking for ways to tie it back to established physics.