Shadow charities minister sets out goals for his tenure

Nick Hurd said he will stand by the Conservative Party's commitment to enlarging the role of third sector organisations in society.

In his first statement since he took over from Greg Clark this week, Hurd paid tribute to his predecessor and said he was committed to continuing Clark's work.

"I wholeheartedly believe in the Conservative principle of bottom-up social responsibility and see the voluntary sector as having a crucial role to play in solving many of the problems faced by society, both today and in the future," said Hurd. "I will do all I can to support them in this endeavour."

Hurd also said his priority would be to continue to look for feedback from the sector on the Tory green paper Voluntary Action in the 21st Century, published earlier this year (4 June, page 1).

Prior to the being appointed to the new role, Hurd served as an opposition whip and was part of the shadow teams for justice and communities and local government.

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