Baroness Neuberger to quit as volunteering champion

Liberal Democrat peer who chaired the Commission on the Future of Volunteering will step down before the European elections

Baroness Julia Neuberger is to leave her role as the Government's special adviser on volunteering.  

At a charity event in London's City Hall last night, the Liberal Democrat peer announced she did not want to hold the position during the build-up to a general election next year. She will stand down before the European elections on 4 June.

Neuberger said she expected the Government to appoint another special adviser on volunteering in her place.

The peer was appointed in June 2007 as part of Gordon Brown's pledge to bring in talent from outside the Labour Party.

She chaired the Commission on the Future of Volunteering, an independent body established to develop a long-term volunteering strategy, which produced its report, Manifesto for Change, in January 2008.

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