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Anna Turley appointed shadow minister for voluntary and community sector and civil society

Anna Turley will be the new shadow charities minister, despite a previous announcement that the role had been filled by Ian Lavery, the Labour party said today.

Turley (pictured) joined the House of Commons for the first time in May as the MP for Redcar.

She was appointed to the shadow ministerial role by Tom Watson MP, deputy leader of the Labour Party and shadow minister for the Cabinet Office.

In a statement issued to mark her appointment, Turley criticised the previous government’s big society, which she referred to as a “colossal failure”.

Turley said: “The voluntary and community sector faces huge challenges. It’s been hit by a triple whammy by this government whose big society idea has been a colossal failure. It has seen a reduction in its grant funding from the public sector due to the cuts it has endured since 2010.

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