Nick Hurd

Nick Hurd

Nick Hurd, Conservative MP for Ruislip-Northwood and son of former foreign secretary Lord Douglas Hurd, was the minister for civil society from 2010 until 2014. He announced he was stepping down in July 2014.

He spent fifteen months as the party’s charities spokesman while in opposition, before taking on the ministerial role following the 2010 general election.

Hurd was elected to parliament in 2005. He has served on the environment audit committee and in 2006 successfully took through parliament a private members bill, the Sustainable Communities Act.

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The cost of innovation: What became of the Innovation in Giving grant recipients?

Five years ago, grant-giving body Nesta and the Cabinet Office created a pot of money to spur innovation in the charity sector. Hugh Radojev takes a look at the fate of the recipients of the Innovation in Giving Fund grants.

We must use more ‘imagination’ to harness volunteers, says former charities minister

Both the public and private sector don’t “quite use enough imagination” when it comes to harnessing a potential volunteer workforce, the former minister for civil society has said.

‘Employee volunteering is broken’, Parliamentary group hears

The culture of employee volunteering is “broken”, and unless it is fixed then little good will come from government plans to require businesses to offer staff three days' paid volunteering leave, a group of MPs and peers heard yesterday.

The long and unhappy saga of the Local Sustainability Fund

Last week the government announced a £20m pot of funding for charities. This sounds like good news, says David Ainsworth, so why are so many in the sector unhappy about the new Local Sustainability Fund?

Shadow Minister for civil society , Gareth Thomas is right when he states its benefits will be too late for many organisations. Voluntary organisations need the benefits now, not in another three years time.

» £150m Community First endowment launches

Cabinet Office launches £20m Local Sustainability Fund after long delay

The Office for Civil Society has announced the launch of its £20m Local Sustainability Fund, which will give grants of between £20,000 and £100,000 to around 250 small and medium-sized organisations.

Justin Davis Smith

Legitimate volunteering could be damaged by a "flood of criticism" over internships, NCVO director of volunteering Justin Davis Smith warned a Parliamentary group yesterday.

Peter Kyle, Labour MP for Hove and Portslade

Several well-known, sector-connected figures are returning to Westminster, and a range of newly-elected MPs with significant charity experience are arriving. Alice Sharman lists some names to watch.

Rob Wilson

Both Rob Wilson, who served as minister for civil society prior to the election, and Lisa Nandy, who was the shadow minister, have kept their seats in the general election, while the Conservatives have secured a majority win.

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