Shadow Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude, speaking at ACEVO’s annual conference recently, has pledged that the an incoming Conservative government would not immediately dismantle Labour’s policies on the third sector (reported today in Third Sector Online). “That kind of politics is in the past,” Maude said. A “good part” of what the Government has done regarding the third sector is good, Maude says. “We will look and see what works,” he added.
This is not quite the impression that shadow charities minister Nick Hurd gave when he spoke in Birmingham recently — covered on this blog here. Hurd seemed somewhat more critical of Labour’s record and referred to the need to ‘reform’ the Office of the Third Sector (or its successor) and do away with Labour “micro-management”.