To: Rt Hon Nadine Dorries MP, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
We write to ask you to ensure the appointment process for a new Chair of the Charity Commission is not politicised.
Earlier this month, your predecessor Oliver Dowden MP announced his intention to crack down on charities in a Telegraph opinion piece.
Talking about the hiring process for the new Chair of the Charity Commission, Mr Dowden complained about “a worrying trend in some charities that appear to have been hijacked by a vocal minority seeking to burnish their woke credentials”. He said the new Chair will be chosen based on their ability to “rebalance” charities away from that agenda - and Ministers will only hire someone who convinces them they will do this.
Charities exist for the important purpose of serving the public good, a fixed test set out in statute, which differs from the political agenda of the Government of the day. Reflecting this reality, legislation is explicit that it should not be influenced by the Secretary of State.
We believe Mr Dowden’s comments showed his ambition to direct and control the work of the Charity Commission to achieve political ends.
Will you help us show Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries that we won’t allow the UK’s hard-working charities to be muzzled by Government?