Former DCMS charity adviser named as Conservative candidate in safe seat

11 Nov 2019 News

Danny Kruger

Danny Kruger, who advised on the government’s Civil Society Strategy, has been named as the Conservative Party’s parliamentary candidate for Devizes. 

Devizes has been represented by a Conservative since 1924, most recently by a Claire Perry, who said she was standing down to chair a UN climate change conference next year. She won a majority of over 20,000 at the 2017 election. 

Kruger joined the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to work on the government’s Civil Society Strategy in 2018. In August when Boris Johnson became prime minister Kruger was appointed as his political secretary. 

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. 

Before that he was a speechwriter for David Cameron. 

This morning Kruger said on Twitter that he was “delighted” to have been selected. 


Other candidates with charity links 

Elsewhere Lucy Caldicott, who was the chief executive of youth charity UpRising until earlier this year, is standing for Labour in Dudley South. At the 2017 election Mike Wood held the constituency for the Conservatives with over 50 per cent of the vote. 

She’s currently a Labour councillor in Lambeth and founded a consultancy, Change Out, to address lack of diversity at leadership level in charities.

Caldicott has also sat on the board of the Fundraising Regulator and is a fellow of the Institute of Fundraising. 

Sue Wixley, director of marketing and communications at Future Care Capital, a think tank with a health and social care focus, is standing for the Liberal Democrats in Putney, which in 2017 was won by Justine Greening for the Conservatives with 44 per cent of the vote. Greening is not standing for re-election and Will Sweet, a local councillor has been named as the Conservative candidate.

Wixley has previously worked for Hospice UK and charity sector think tank New Philanthropy Capital. 

Matthew Patten, who held roles in the charity sector for 15 years including as former chief executive of the Mayor’s Fund for London, is the Brexit Party’s candidate for Clacton. He was elected as one of the Eurosceptic Brexit Party's 29 MEPs in May.

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