Robert Jenrick has been handed responsibility for charity tax policy as part of Prime Minister Theresa May’s reshuffle, which confirmed charities minister Tracey Crouch will remain in post.
For the past six months he has been Jenrick parliamentary private secretary to home secretary Amber Rudd and was appointed as exchequer secretary to the Treasury yesterday. He replaces Andrew Jones, who held the role for six months and has now moved to Conservative Party vice-chair.
He was elected as MP for Newark in the June 2014 by-election. He has been a member of the health select committee since shortly after his election. He is also the treasurer of the British Museum all party parliamentary group.
Before entering politics, Jenrick trained as a lawyer and was international managing director of auction house Christie's.
Andrew O’Brien, head of policy and engagement at Charity Finance Group, tweeted his congratulations to Jenrick.
He said: “Look forward to discussing Gift Aid, VAT and other issues with you in the future.”
Charities minister stays put
Meanwhile, Tracey Crouch has kept her role as minister for sport and civil society within the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
On Twitter she said she was “delighted” and that there is “a lot on the agenda for the incredible sectors I am responsible for”.
Delighted to continue as Sports & Civil Society Minister. So much on the agenda for the incredible sectors I am responsible for and am looking forward to continue working in partnership with some amazing people, charities and organisations throughout 2018— Tracey Crouch (@tracey_crouch) 9 January 2018
The announcement recieved a broadly positive reaction on Twitter from charity leaders.
Good news! You've demonstrated your passion for the voluntary sector partic. smaller/local charities & for getting things done through your new strategy so its great for you to be able to get on with it, not us all having to start again! @LBFEW we look forward to working with you— Duncan Shrubsole (@duncanshrubsole) January 9, 2018
Congratulations Tracey. And good news for the sector!— Peter Lewis (@piterk68) January 9, 2018
Good to hear Tracey. Looking forward to continuing working with you.— Vicky Browning (@browning_vicky) January 10, 2018
Looking forward to seeing your tomorrow with some amazing young social activists— Jessica Taplin (@Jessicataplin) January 9, 2018