Tory Charity Commission chair warns charities to stay out of politics | Left Foot Forward

Suella Braverman arrives in Rwanda: charities are being told not to criticise her unworkable deportation scheme by a Charity Commission chairman who has strong Conservative connections.

What do you think of a Charity Commission chairman with strong links to the Conservative Party telling charity bosses to stay out of politics?

Orlando Fraser once stood as a Tory party candidate and is a founding fellow of the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), a right-wing think tank.

If anybody shouldn’t be involved with organisations that are supposed to be politically impartial, wouldn’t that be him?

And look at his reason for telling charity bosses to shut up:

Many launched a scathing attack on the unworkable and inhumane plan to send migrants to Rwanda

So it could be argued that he was silencing them for political reasons himself.

While the comment has been welcomed by Tory politicians, the author of the Left Foot Forward piece highlighting his words has pointed out that Tories have no problem with charities that support their policies, like

the climate sceptic Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF), which was chaired by the former Tory Chancellor Nigel Lawson and which has previously been found to have breached rules on impartiality by the Charity Commission


the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), another charity, [which] often associated with the right and which was behind many of the ideas contained in Liz Truss’ disastrous mini-budget which caused financial turmoil, has also published climate change denial material and pushed for privatisation.

So the question is this: if right-wing charities are allowed to trumpet whatever they like but left-wing charities aren’t – because the Charity Commission chairman is a Tory…

Isn’t it the Charity Commission that is politically biased and shouldn’t it be purged of this taint?

Source: Charity Commission chair with links to Tory Party warns charities to stay out of politics – Left Foot Forward: Leading the UK’s progressive debate

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