Charities minister Rob Wilson loses his seat

The Minister for Civil Society is defeated by Labour's Matt Rodda in his Reading East constituency, which he has held since 2005

Rob Wilson
Rob Wilson

Rob Wilson, the Minister for Civil Society, has lost his seat to his Labour opponent in a dramatic night for British politics.

Prime Minister Theresa May's gamble to call an early general election in order to secure a larger parliamentary majority backfired, with the Conservatives failing to win more than half the seats in parliament. 

Conservative Wilson, who had a majority of 6,520 in the 2015 general election, was defeated by Matt Rodda after a 16 per cent swing to Labour. 

Wilson, who has been the charities minister since 2014, is likely to be remembered for overseeing the government's response to the negative media coverage of charity fundraising in 2015. 

He is credited by some in the sector for successfully resisting government overtures to introduce statutory regulation for fundraising and asked Sir Stuart Etherington to carry out a review of fundraising self-regulation, which led to the creation of the Fundraising Regulator

Wilson has also promoted social investment and been in post during the government's dramatic expansion of the National Citizen Service. 

He remained in post after May's first reshuffle after her appointment as Prime Minister last year, when the Office for Civil Society was moved from the Cabinet Office to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. 

Wilson has been in parliament since the 2005 general election, when he won the seat from the Labour Party with a majority of 475.

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He increased this to more than 7,600 votes in 2010 before seeing the margin fall back to 6,520 in 2015, when Rodda was also his opponent in the Berkshire seat. 

Wilson was hastily appointed charities minister just before the Conservative Party conference in 2014 after the resignation of Brooks Newmark because of newspaper allegations.  

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