This was a Department of Culture press release on Friday...
Tessa Jowell, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, has announced the appointment of the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) board.The board is responsible for overseeing the running of lottery distributor BIG, which replaces two former lottery distributors. The fund awards £600million of lottery money a year to good causes throughout the UK.The BIG board comes into effect today (1 December) and has operated in an interim capacity since June 2004 BIG's board is made up of seven general members and four national chairs, led by an overall chair. The national chairs have the additional responsibility of leading committees supervising the distribution of funds within their countries.
Now let' see if you can spot the common theme here...
Sir Clive Booth (Chair) He is a member of the Labour Party and has canvassedfor the party in his local constituency in the last three General Elections.
Sanjay Dighe Mr Dighe is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is a member of the Labour Party.
Roland Doven MBE Roland has undertaken some canvassing for the Labour Party during local elections.
John Gartside He is no longer a local authority member or an active member of the Labour Party. (Mr Gartside was Labour leader of Warrington Council)
Albert Tucker Mr Tucker is a member of the Labour Party, but has notundertaken any political activity during the last five years.
So of the twelve Board members five are committed Labour Party members, activists or have a record of activity in the Labour Party. The other seven members have no recorded political activity within the last five years. How many Conservatives or Liberal Democrats are members of the Big Lottery Fund Board? That's an easy one. None. Zero. Nada. Keine. As if we should be surprised...
The full information is HERE.