Peter Kyle, former deputy chief executive of the charity leaders group Acevo, has been elected as the Labour MP for Hove. He will be joined in Westminster by other candidates from the voluntary sector, including former staff of Age UK, Stonewall and a CVS in Scotland.
Kyle left Acevo in late 2013 to become the first chief executive of the newly formed youth employment charity Working for Youth. At this point he had already been named as the candidate for Hove, a marginal seat occupied by Mike Weatherly, a Conservative who chose not to seek re-election on health grounds. Kyle increased Labour’s vote share from 33 per cent to 42.3 per cent.
Nus Ghani won in the safe Conservative seat of Wealden after the resignation of her predecessor, Charles Hendry. According to her website, she has worked for both Breakthrough Breast Cancer and Age UK, although it does not state dates or roles.
Wes Streeting won for Labour in Ilford North, a marginal seat gained from the Conservatives. According to his LinkedIn profile, Streeting was president of the National Union of Students between 2008 and 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 at the end of 2013.
Paul Monaghan won Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross from the Liberal Democrats for the Scottish National Party. He was previously the director of the Highland Homeless Trust, a charity that provides accommodation, support and guidance to people with housing problems, before he stepped down to pursue election.
Martin Docherty, who won SNP the Dunbartonshire West seat for the SNP after a Labour collapse, spent nearly a decade working for West Dunbartonshire Community and Volunteering Services in a policy role, according to the party's website. Dates are not specified on the website, although a call to the CVS confirms that he has not worked there since at least late last year.
Thangam Debbonaire took the Bristol West seat for Labour from the Liberal Democrats despite a strong challenge from the second-placed Green Party candidate. According to her website, she has spent 25 years working in domestic violence prevention. 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, worked as deputy director of the anti-extremism and anti-racism campaigning group Hope Not Hate, which has a charitable arm, between 2010 and February this year, when she stepped down to campaign.
Alan Mak, the new Conservative MP in the safe seat of Havant, who took over from the resigning David Willet, 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. He is widely regarded as the first MP of Chinese ethnicity.
Other voluntary sector candidates were unsuccessful in gaining election to Westminster.
Simon Bowkett, chief executive of Exeter Council for Voluntary Service and Volunteer Centre, and Amina Lone, founder and co-director of the community interest company the Social Action and Research Foundation, who were standing for the Labour Party in South Dorset and Morecambe and Lunesdale respectively, both lost out to Conservative candidates.
Alex Sobel, general manager of Social Enterprise Yorkshire and the Humber, standing for Labour in Leeds North West, lost out to Greg Mulholland, the sitting Liberal Democrat MP.
Nick Mason, head of fundraising strategy and development at the RNIB, standing for the Conservatives in Jarrow, and Matt Hartley, communications manager at the Money Advice Trust, standing for the Tories in Greenwich and Woolwich, both lost in constituencies that were retained by the Labour Party.