Nick Hurd criticises Labour's 'revolving ministerial door'

Shadow charities minister says the sector needs more stability

Shadow charities minister Nick Hurd has criticised the Government's "revolving door" policy towards third sector ministers.

His comments came a day after Basildon and East Thurrock MP Angela Smith succeeded Kevin Brennan as third sector minister.

"This is the seventh minister in eight years with responsibility for the sector," he said. "I feel that at this time the Office of the Third Sector needs stability and not a revolving ministerial door. It's hardly worth bothering to learn their names.

"It's a regrettable feature of public administration that people do change jobs, but at this rate it's hard to develop real understanding, real trust and a continuation of policy."

Hurd said the decision to upgrade Smith's position from parliamentary under secretary to minister of state was "an irrelevance".

"I don't think it makes any difference in the scheme of things," he said. "It's there to satisfy the ego of Angela Smith rather than of any importance to the sector. It's a reward for a loyal parliamentary private secretary."

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