Local MP, Angela Smith has expressed her delight at being promoted to Minister for the Third Sector in the recent reshuffle by Gordon Brown.
Ms Smith said: “I am proud to take up the role as Minister for the Third Sector. As a member and patron of several third sector organisations I know the vital role that charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises can play in rebuilding the economy.
“Not only does the good work of the sector improve the lives of the most disadvantaged and under-privileged people in our society, but it allows people to give something back. Volunteering, giving and working selflessly for others has the power to connect lives and unite communities like nothing else.
“As a Government we need to ensure that the right advice, support and financing is available to make this happen. I will drive forward the Government’s support for a thriving third sector, and champion the innovative and dedicated work of those of you who serve in the sector.”