Labour reappoints Steve Reed as shadow minister for civil society

It seems likely that the MP for Croydon North will not have his role readjusted to mirror the multiple responsibilities of the new charities minister Tracey Crouch

Steve Reed
Steve Reed

Steve Reed has been reappointed shadow minister for civil society and young people, he has announced.

The Labour and Cooperative MP for Croydon North, who was first handed the role in October, said on Twitter yesterday that he was delighted to have been asked by the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to continue in the role.

Corbyn has this week been conducting a minor reshuffle that has left most appointments in place.

It would appear that Reed’s role will not be modified to directly reflect the responsibilities taken on by Tracey Crouch, his ministerial counterpart, whose brief includes sport, gambling, horse racing and the Office for Civil Society.

It is the first time since the creation of the former Office of the Third Sector under the Labour government in 2006 that the voluntary sector has not had a minister solely dedicated to covering the charities brief.

In a statement made yesterday afternoon, Crouch said she "couldn’t be happier" to be taking up her new responsibilities.

"The sector has always been close to my heart," she said. "I’ve been a volunteer for years as a football coach, and off the pitch I've championed mental health and animal welfare causes among others.

"I can't wait to meet the sector and look forward to being a real advocate for the positive impact that charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises have on millions of lives up and down the country."

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