Charities should not 'steal from the church poor box', says Tory MEP Daniel Hannan

Daniel Hannan
Daniel Hannan

Charities that engage in campaigning without making this clear when soliciting donations are "stealing from the church poor box", the Conservative MEP Daniel Hannan said at a fringe event hosted by the Institute of Economic Affairs at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester. Hannan said charities were welcome to campaign, but they should not then market their activities in such a way that supporters believed their donations would go directly towards programme work. "There is nothing wrong with advocacy," said Hannan. "But don't do those things and have a picture of a happy African family on your website saying if you give £5 it will buy farm tools for this family in Zimbabwe - because that is the equivalent of stealing from the church poor box."

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