CHARITIES AID FOUNDATION CONFERENCE NEWS: Howard's Tory team leaves Mactaggart without a shadow

Newly elected Conservative leader Michael Howard has not appointed any one member of his shadow team to handle policy concerning the voluntary sector, it emerged at the CAF conference.

Voluntary sector concerns will instead be dealt with by various members of the Conservative home affairs team, headed by shadow home and culture secretary David Davis, Howard said in answer to a question after his keynote address.

"It will be up to team leaders to designate exact responsibilities," he said.

Howard used his address to reiterate the proposals for the voluntary sector as laid out in the party's Sixty Million Citizens green paper, and to pay tribute to former leader Iain Duncan Smith.

He also stressed his support for a charities bill in the next legislative period, adding that a Conservative government would aim to create an economic climate where taxes were low and people felt more able to donate to charities.

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