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Walking away: Esther McVey [Image: REX/Shutterstock].

From the Samaritanswebsite:

Esther McVey MP has stepped down from our Advisory Board due to her commitments as Secretary of State for the Department of Work and Pensions.

She was invited by the Board to become a member in early 2017 when she was Chair of the British Transport Police Authority, one of the partners we work with to reduce suicides in the rail environment.

We are extremely grateful to Esther for her support for the work of Samaritans and for the time she has given to the Advisory Board.

Samaritans’ Advisory Board provides us with informal support, helping us to increase our potential to influence and fundraise. Neither the Chair nor any of its members is paid.

Note that Ms McDeath’s departure is not being ascribed to the public outcry after her membership of the Samaritans‘ advisory board was revealed. Some may therefore question the honesty of the statement.

Of course, as This Site reported earlier, the Samaritans is not the only charity to have Conservative politicians in prominent positions of influence.

May we expect a mass exodus from the others – or do we have to winkle them out one by one?

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