Three charities still under Charity Commission scrutiny on political activity

Tony Blair's African charity among those complained about during the general election

Complaints that three charities engaged in inappropriate party political activity during the general election are still being looked into by the Charity Commission.

The three are the employment charity Tomorrow's People, the Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative and a third charity that the commission declines to name.

The chief executive of Tomorrow's People, Debbie Scott, had a prominent billing in the Conservative manifesto, and the Blair charity was alleged to share its database with the political website www.tonyblair4labour.org.

Sixteen cases were opened by the commission after complaints or inquiries were received about the issue. The commission said last week that four were closed after it reminded the charities concerned about its guidance on political activity. These included the health charity the King's Fund.

Another case was also closed after the charity was advised to remove its name from campaign literature.

Five other cases were closed because they threw up no regulatory concern, and three were discontinued because the complainant failed to identify the charity or to make the complaint clear.

In none of the outstanding instances has the commission opened a formal inquiry - the most serious step it can take - or a regulatory case.

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