Sector urges new PM to build better relationship between govt and charities

The charity sector has urged the new Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, to look past Brexit and to build a better relationship between the sector and the government.

Johnson was elected the new leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister of the UK today, beating fellow candidate Jeremy Hunt with an overwhelming majority of the votes.

Commenting on the announcement, ACEVO chief executive Vicky Browning said Johnson becomes Prime Minister at a time when “many do not feel the government represents the issues that matter most to them and their communities”.

“Brexit has been politically all-encompassing but that has not led to clarity or certainty. Simultaneously the domestic agenda has stalled and political rhetoric is increasingly divisive,” she said.

“Boris Johnson has been at the centre of the Conservative party throughout this period and needs to demonstrate that he can tackle these issues both urgently and considerately.

“Civil society leaders will work with the new prime minister and government to build stronger communities and a fairer society. Part of this will involve holding the prime minister and government to account on behalf of the people and causes we both serve. We hope to build an honest, open and productive relationship between the new government and the social sector.”

Charities Aid Foundation head of policy, Rhodri Davies agreed, arguing “the UK’s rich history of support for our vibrant and independent civil society – and our strong commitment to principles of international aid – should be seen as a key part of our national identity and the soft power we can wield on the global stage.

“We hope that the new Prime Minister recognises this, and puts these values at the heart of his vision for Britain post-Brexit,” he said.

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