Commission chief tells charities not to be ‘captured’ for politics

Tory peer Lady Stowell accused of drawing charities into culture war amid row over ‘woke agenda’

Charities that support politically or culturally contentious causes should expect their charitable status to come under regulatory scrutiny, even if they are acting within the law, according to the outgoing chair of the Charity Commission.

The Tory peer Lady Stowell, who is stepping down after three years in the post, warned charities against being “captured” by unnamed people who wish to push a partial view of the world, and use charity platforms to wage war on “political enemies”.

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