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Labour won’t commit to a new shadow charities minister

The Labour Party has refused to commit to appointing a new shadow charities minister, more than a month after Rachael Maskell quit the role.

Asked this week whether Maskell would be replaced, Labour would only say that it will “always champion” the work of the voluntary sector.

Two pieces of legislation directly impacting the sector – the Charities Bill and the Dormant Assets Bill – are currently going through parliament. Jeff Smith MP, who has led Labour’s response to the bills in the House of Commons, is shadow minister for sport, tourism, heritage and music, but charities are not included in his portfolio.

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