Peter Kyle among new intake of MPs

Peter Kyle
Peter Kyle

The new intake of Westminster MPs features a group of voluntary sector figures, including Peter Kyle, former deputy head of the charity chief executives body Acevo.

The Conservative Party gained a surprise majority in the general election on 7 May and has since reappointed Rob Wilson as Minister for Civil Society.

As part of his ministerial reshuffle, David Cameron, the Prime Minister, also appointed Damian Hinds, the MP for East Hampshire, as Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, which is responsible for Gift Aid and other charity tax issues.

Kyle, who won Hove from the Conservatives for Labour, was one of a group of new MPs to have strong connections to the voluntary sector. He was deputy chief executive of Acevo until 2013, when he became the first chief executive of the newly formed youth charity Working for Youth.

Nus Ghani, who has worked for Breakthrough Breast Cancer and Age UK, won the safe Conservative seat of Wealden. Wes Streeting won for Labour in Ilford North, a marginal gained from the Conservatives.

Streeting was president of the National Union of Students from 2008 to 2010, before spending two years as chief executive of the Helena Kennedy Foundation, a charity that works to tackle social injustice, and 18 months as head of education at the lesbian, gay and bisexual charity Stonewall, which he left in 2013.

Paul Monaghan won Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross from the Liberal Democrats for the Scottish National Party. He was previously director of the Highland Homeless Trust, a charity that provides accommodation, support and guidance to people with housing problems. Martin Docherty, who won Dunbartonshire West for the SNP, spent nearly a decade working for West Dunbartonshire Community and Volunteering Services in a policy role.

Thangam Debbonaire took Bristol West for Labour from the Liberal Democrats, despite a strong challenge from the second-placed Green Party. Her LinkedIn profile shows she worked for the domestic violence charity Respect from 2006, before resigning earlier this year to campaign.

Ruth Smeeth, a new MP in the safe Labour seat of Stoke North, was deputy director of the anti-extremism and anti-racism campaigning group Hope Not Hate, which has a charitable arm, from 2010 to February this year, when she stepped down.

Alan Mak, the new Conservative MP in the safe seat of Havant, who took over from the resigning David Willetts, is a solicitor and businessman who founded and formerly chaired the Royal British Legion's Young Professionals branch, a network for the charity's young supporters. Rachael Maskell, who spent seven years representing voluntary sector staff at the trade union Unite, won York Central for Labour.


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