Hurd is new shadow charities minister

Nick Hurd has been named shadow minister for charities after a reshuffle by Conservative Party leader David Cameron.

The MP for Ruislip-Northwood replaces charities spokesman Greg Clark, who has been promoted to the new post of shadow energy and climate change secretary.

Hurd, who is the son of former Home Secretary Douglas Hurd, has specialised in environmental issues since entering Parliament after the 2005 election. He has urged David Cameron to adopt tougher targets on reducing carbon emissions.

Clark will shadow former third sector minister Ed Miliband, who was named Secretary of State in the newly created Department for Energy and Climate Change in Gordon Brown's cabinet reshuffle last week.

Clark became shadow charities minister in November 2006, having won Tunbridge Wells for the Tories in the 2005 election. His tenure was marked by strong criticism of the Compact, the Office of the Third Sector and the relaxation of rules on charity campaigning.

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