Miliband retains sector responsibility

Ed Miliband is to have overall responsibility for the voluntary sector in his new Cabinet job as Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, replacing Hilary Armstrong.

"After a year working with charities, voluntary groups and social enterprise, I am particularly delighted to be able to continue that work," he said.

The appointment was welcomed by organisations which had lobbied for Miliband to continue to work with the sector.

"We had our fingers crossed for this,” said Stephen Bubb, chief executive of Acevo. “Its brilliant news and shows that in a Brown Britain the third sector will remain crucial to building social and economic cohesion.”

An announcement is expected on Friday on Miliband’s replacement as Minister for the Third Sector within the Cabinet Office.

Miliband said: "It is an honour and a privilege to be appointed to the Cabinet. I look forward not only to driving forward policy on the third sector, and social exclusion and poverty, but helping to contribute to policy development across government.

"The challenge for the new government is to respond to the Prime Minister's call to meet new priorities, involve people in new ways in decision-making and reach out to all people who believe in a more just society.”

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