Hurd quits in reshuffle with “love and respect” for sector “undimmed”

Nick Hurd - outgoing minister for civil society

Nick Hurd – outgoing minister for civil society

Nick Hurd, who served as minister for civil society for the coalition government’s first term of office, has fallen casualty to what some are calling Cameron’s “cull of the white males”, and others “getting rid of the old lags”.

Third Sector refers to him as “quitting”, while gently hinting that his opposition to HS2 — which will run through his constituency — may have put him in Cameron’s bad books.

Whatever you call it, space is being made for younger men and especially women in an attempt to put the cabinet on a war footing for the next election while also addressing its age and gender imbalance.

Hurd apparently tweeted that the sector had sometimes driven him nuts but that his respect and love for it and its work were undimmed.

I never thought I would say this, but in desperate times the sector was fairly fortunate in Hurd. On the few occasions I met him he seemed to approach the job with a far greater relish than many would have had, and at no time did you get the impression that he considered “civil society” an irrelevance, convenient merely as a stepping stone to a greater office.

More here in Third Sector…and many other news sources of your choice…

Update: Hurd’s replacement has been announced: Brooks Newmark, MP for Braintree, a former government whip and an MP since 2005. Third Sector profiles him here.


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