Defeated Conservative charity leader Shaun Bailey says 'big society' idea must be handled with care

Chief executive of My Generation argues that charities 'must not be made into government departments'

Shaun Bailey at the count
Shaun Bailey at the count

Shaun Bailey, the chief executive of youth charity My Generation who failed to win Hammersmith for the Conservatives yesterday, has voiced reservations about the party's ‘big society' proposals.

Speaking at Hammersmith town hall in west London as he waited for the results to be announced, Bailey said that if the Conservatives implemented the agenda they would have to do it carefully to avoid forcing charities to take the place of the state.

Asked what he thought of the ‘big society' concept, he said: "There are certain roles the state should do. We've got to be careful: if and when the Conservatives do take on this work, they have to make sure charities are trusted and given freedom.

"Charities mustn't be made into government departments, because creativity and a lack of bureaucracy is what sets them apart."

Bailey, who featured prominently in the Conservatives' national campaign and had a full-page picture in the party's manifesto, was defeated by Labour's Andy Slaughter by more than 3,000 votes.


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