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At one of the largest civil society fringe events of the Conservative Conference in Birmingham, ACEVO and the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) this evening published The Blue Book of the Voluntary Sector. The book features essays by leading Conservative politicians and commentators, looking at the party’s past and future relationship with charities and civil society. The launch event was introduced by Sir Stephen Bubb of ACEVO, chaired by Dr John Low CBE of CAF and included a speech welcoming the book from Rob Wilson, the new Minister for Civil Society.
The Blue Book has contributions from: John Glen MP, Nick Hurd MP, Danny Kruger, Kwasi Kwarteng MP, Charlotte Leslie MP, Brooks Newmark MP, Sarah Newton MP, Jesse Norman MP, Dominic Raab MP and Chris White MP. ACEVO and CAF are publishing an accompanying ‘Red Book’ and ‘Yellow Book’, featuring similar essays from the Labour and Liberal Democrat Parties.
‘It is a good moment … to look back at the last four years and assess the state of politics and its relationship with the voluntary sector. That is what this essay collection seeks to do.’
Sir Stephen Bubb, Chief Executive, ACEVO
‘[These ideas] should be of interest to whichever party (or parties) form the next government. The challenge will be to turn these ideas into meaningful policies that enable charities to play the central role in society that we all know they can.’
Dr John Low CBE, Chief Executive, Charities Aid Foundation