Former charities minister's criticism of Oxfam sparks Twitter backlash

Rob Wilson accused the charity of being self-righteous and too left wing

Rob Wilson
Rob Wilson

Rob Wilson’s attack on Oxfam in a Daily Telegraph article, in which he accused the international aid charity of "disappearing up its morally righteous posterior", has provoked controversy among many involved in the voluntary sector.

The former Conservative minister, writing on the newspaper’s website on Friday, said the charity had a left-wing bias and "stands accused of being anti-capitalist and anti-Conservative". He also called on larger charities to employ more right-leaning people in senior leadership positions.

The response to Wilson’s article began in a measured way:


But it didn’t take long before voluntary sector figures attacked the former Conservative minister and MP for Reading East, who lost his seat in the 2017 general election, questioning his motives for the article and also his time as a minister.

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