CAF team member Rhodri Davies

Rhodri Davies

Head of Policy, Charities Aid Foundation

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CAF COMMENT: RESULT OF THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY LEADERSHIP CONTEST 

23 July 2019

The Conservative Party's members today elected Boris Johnson as their new leader.

Commenting on what this entails for the charity sector, Rhodri Davies, Head of Policy at the Charities Aid Foundation says:

“We congratulate Mr Johnson and stand ready to work with his government, so we can begin to turn the rhetoric of bringing people together into a reality.

“Government plays a key role in opening up the space for civil society to flourish. At a time of such political uncertainty, it’s vital that the new Prime Minister delivers the stability that charities need to fulfil our respective missions.

“Amid polarisation and division, charities bring people together, provide essential services and make a meaningful contribution to the UK’s economy. Collectively, they can offer a bold vision for a better society and they deserve a powerful voice at the heart of government.

“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.”

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