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Over 20 new MPs with connections to the charity sector 

12 Jun 2017 News

Last week’s election saw the appointment of a number of new MPs with ties to the charity sector, ranging from chief executives of infrastructure bodies to volunteers and trustees. 

By looking at information provided on constituency party websites and local news reports Civil Society News has identified 23 new MPs who have experience of the charity sector. 

Shelter and YMCA were the charities mentioned by the most new incumbents. Sarah Jones, the new Labour MP for Croydon Central, is a former head of campaigns at Shelter.

Alex Burghart, the new Conservative MP for Brentwood and Ongar, spent four years as director of policy at the Centre for Social Justice.

Conservative MPs

  • Ross Thomson, Aberdeen South - sits on a number of boards and trusts and is a governor of Rober Gordons College, trustee of Aberdeen International Youth Festival, trustee of Chris Anderson Trust and volunteers at Aberdeen Arts Centre. 
  • Alex Burghart, Brentwood and Ongar – previously a special adviser to the Prime Minister, Theresa May, on social justice and also spent four years as director of policy at the Centre for Social Justice. Is a governor at Queensmill School for children with autism 
  • Trudy Harrison, Copeland – voluntary roles as a school governor influence her interest in politics
  • Alister Jack, Dumfries and Galloway – chair of Fulling Mill, River Annan Fishery Board and Trust and Galloway Woodlands. 
  • Ben Bradley, Mansfield – volunteers as a hockey coach and recently became a school governor
  • Douglas Ross, Moray – member of the Scottish Senior Football Referees Association and a board member for Moray Leisure Centre
  • Eddie Hughes, Walsall North, - assistant chief executive of YMCA Birmingham, chair of a housing provider and trustee of the Walsall Wood Allotment Charity

Labour MPs

  • Marsha de Cordova, Battersea – disability rights campaigner and engagement and advocacy director at the Thomas Pocklington Trust 
  • Lloyd Russell-Moyle, Brighton Kemptown – works in advocacy and youth sustainable development previous vice-president of the European Youth Forum and was chair of the Woodcraft Folk
  • Daren Jones, Bristol North West – former school governor and a trustee of North Bristol Advice Centre in Lockleaze and a trustee of the Shirehampton Community Action Forum 
  • James Frith, Bury North – run his own social enterprise since 2012 working with young people 
  • Rosie Duffield – says she has worked with local charities, churches and parents’ groups 
  • Sarah Jones, Croydon Central – former head of campaigns at Shelter 
  • Bambos Charalambous, Enfield Southgate – trustee of Positive Women and was founder member and chair of Enfield Law Centre and former director of London Arts Board 
  • Paul Sweeney, Glasgow North East – member of the steering committee for Fairfield Heritage Centre and trustee for Springburn Winter Gardens Trust, Medal Ceremonies team member Glasgow 2014 Limited, and a member of the board of directors at Glasgow Building Preservation Trust
  • Lesley Laird, Kirkcaldy ad Cowdenbeath - board member of the Fife Economy Partnership, Business Gateway, Fife Coast & Countryside Trust and a trustee of the Muir Dean Trust. She is also chair of TAYplan and sits on the SESplan planning committee.
  • Danielle Rowley – campaigns and public affairs officer for Shelter Scotland 
  • Luke Pollard, Plymouth Sutton – member of the Argle Fans Trust 
  • Stephen Morgan, Portsmouth South – chief executive at Basingstoke Voluntary Action 
  • Jared O’Mara, Sheffield Hallem – previously a press, parliamentary and campaigns officer for a disability rights charity. Spent over 12 years as a trustee of a Sheffield based disability charity and volunteer for a variety of disability charities. 
  • Matt Western, Warwick and Leamington – serves as a trustee of several local organisations and charities 

Liberal Democrat 

  • Layla Moran, Oxford West and Abingdon – works with an Oxford-based social enterprise to help students prepare for exams 
  • Vince Cable, Twickenham – chair of HCT – read Governance & Leadership magazine's interview with Cable here


Karen Bradley has been reappointed as Secretary of State of Culture, Media and Sport, the department that includes the Office for Civil Society. 

Rob Wilson, former minister for civil society, lost his seat at the election but there has been no announcement about a new minister. The Treasury minister responsible for charities, Jane Ellison, also lost her seat and has not been replaced yet. The Prime Minister is meeting with Conservative backbenchers this afternoon. 

Priti Patel has been reappointed as Secretary of State for International Development and Greg Clarke returns as Secretary of State for Communities. 


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