Third Sector at large: The school toilets campaign that's really on a roll

Eric takes its campaign to Westminster, the CFG faces a Twitter name challenge and Jemina Khan rallies against charity jargon

Toilet snatcher: a Gove-a-like critiques policy
Toilet snatcher: a Gove-a-like critiques policy

- The childhood continence charity Eric took its Bog Standard campaign to clean up school lavvies to Westminster. The charity brands the education secretary, Michael Gove, a "toilet snatcher" because it says he plans to axe rules that schools must have one loo for every 20 pupils. It got someone to dress up as him to make the point. Eric handed in a petition asking for regulations to be made more, well, regular - and it was, of course, written on a loo roll. It wasn't soft, but it was strong. And very, very long.

- The newly renamed Charity Finance Group - previously the Charity Finance Directors' Group - has run into a rebrand problem on Twitter: the handle @CFG is taken. We can confirm that @BeanCountersRUs is free, as is @TheFormerCFDG. But, perhaps more usefully, @TheCFG is available. Third Sector has resisted the temptation to occupy that address, and one or two other likely targets, and ransom them in exchange for an exclusive or two.

- The socialite Jemima Khan is widely respected for her charity work. But judging by her reaction on Twitter, it seems she's been befuddled by one enthusiastic fundraiser too many. On Thursday morning she fired off a tweet that read: "'We'd like you to reach out to any warm contacts ...' What? #maddeningcharityjargon." Plain English please, people.

- To parliament for Navca's annual reception, which doubled as former chief executive Kevin Curley's retirement bash. He thanked his successor, Joe Irvin, for writing in his card that Curley was "kind and wise". "No," piped up Irvin. "I wrote kind OF wise."

- This week, Labour leader Ed Miliband put to PM David Cameron a list of opponents to the Health and Social Care Bill, including GPs, nurses, midwives, and almost everyone else except Bonzo the dog. But Cameron had an ace up his sleeve. Among his supporters, he said, were the National Association of Primary Care, the NHS Alliance and Acevo. But Acevo says it has "not taken a position on the bill". Seems Dave might have to keep looking for friends on this one.

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