MP wants 'third sector' banned

Sir Patrick Cormack says term causes confusion

Conservative MP Sir Patrick Cormack has called for the use of the "ridiculous" term 'third sector' to be banned by the Government.

The South Staffordshire MP delivered his broadside during last Thursday's House of Commons debate on third sector organisations. He urged Cabinet Office minister Liam Byrne to send a memo to colleagues outlawing the term.

"I have had a go at him about it before," he said. "It causes confusion. Let us have some plain English for once. Let us get rid of downturns and third sectors and talk the English language."

However, Gary Streeter, Conservative MP for South West Devon, did not endorse Cormack's claims. He called the term "a perfectly sensible name".

Responding to Cormack's comments, Byrne joked: "I will put immediate thought into how such a memo could be propagated - perhaps through the Mail on Sunday."

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