Round-up: Varied night for sector-related candidates in surprising general election

There were holds, gains and losses all over the place for candidates with connections to the charity world

Charities minister Rob Wilson losing his seat was the most significant point of the general election from a voluntary sector perspective, but there are other stories to note from a surprising night for politics in the UK.

Laura Pidcock, education manager at the charity Show Racism the Red Card, is preparing for life in parliament after being elected as the Labour MP for Durham North West.

Steve Reed, the shadow minister for civil society, easily held on to his Croydon North seat for Labour, gaining almost three-quarters of votes cast in the constituency and securing a majority of more than 32,000.

Jane Ellison, the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, who had responsibility for charity tax issues, lost the south-west London seat of Battersea to the Labour Party. Her successor will be the eighth person to hold the role since 2010.

Matt Hartley, head of public affairs at the Money Advice Trust, increased the number of Conservative votes in the south-east London seat of Eltham, but still lost to Labour’s Clive Efford, who retained the seat he first won in 1997.

Tom Hunt, media relations manager at the campaign group the Countryside Alliance, significantly increased the Conservative vote in Doncaster Central, but finished a distant second to Labour’s Rosie Winterton. Matt Hemsley, campaigns and advocacy manager at Oxfam Cymru, standing for the Liberal Democrats in Cardiff North, finished fourth.

Michelle Thew, chief executive of the anti-animal experimentation organisation Cruelty Free International, who was due to be running for the Labour Party in Brighton Pavilion, pulled out last month for personal reasons and continues her work at CFI. The seat was retained by the Green Party’s co-leader Caroline Lucas with an increased majority.

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Peter Kyle, former deputy chief executive of the charity leaders body Acevo and Labour MP for Hove and Portslade since 2015, significantly increased his majority.

Nus Ghani, who has worked for Breakthrough Breast Cancer (now a merged charity called Breast Cancer Now) and Age UK, retained Wealden for the Conservatives, and Wes Streeting, a former president of the National Union of Students and former chief executive of the Helena Kennedy Foundation, increased his majority for Labour in Ilford North.

Rachel Maskell, the former voluntary sector representative at the union Unite, did the same in her constituency of York Central, which she won for Labour in the 2015 election. She gained more than twice as many votes as the second-placed Conservative candidate this time around.

But Paul Monaghan, a former director of the Highland Homeless Trust, who won Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross for the Scottish National Party in 2015, lost out to the Liberal Democrat candidate last night.

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