Danny Kruger, the former Conservative speechwriter and charity founder, is leaving pro-Brexit think tank the Legatum Institute for DCMS to work on the government’s civil society strategy.
Kruger founded and ran the rehabilitation charity, Only Connect, which merged with Catch22 in 2015. He also founded and chaired West London Zone, a programme working with at-risk children and young people. He received an MBE in the Queen’s 2017 birthday honours.
He joined the Legatum Institute in 2016 and has recently co-authored a paper on the way forward after the Grenfell Tower disaster.
Kruger tweeted that he was delighted.
Delighted to be joining @dcms this week as Expert Adviser to @MattHancock & @tracey_crouch focusing on Government's Civil Society Strategy. Brexit Schmexit: this is where the action is. Looking forward to getting stuck in— Danny Kruger (@danny__kruger) March 20, 2018
Matthew Hancock, secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport, also said he was delighted.
The Legatum Institute is a think tank and registered charity that has been under scrutiny over its Brexit position and the fact that it has frequently had meetings with the government to discuss the issue.
Legatum has denied wrongdoing. It said it has proactively contacted the Charity Commission and that reports were misleading.
The government began a 12-week consultation on its civil society strategy at the end of February. The deadline to respond is 22 May.