Voluntary groups have their say on The Big Society

Apex, Bury St Edmunds.'Nick Hurd minister for civil society to talk to meeting called by david Ruffley on effects on charities by cutbacks and Government's Big Society. ''Pictured;

Apex, Bury St Edmunds.'Nick Hurd minister for civil society to talk to meeting called by david Ruffley on effects on charities by cutbacks and Government's Big Society. ''Pictured;

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TODAY charities and voluntary groups in and around Bury St Edmunds quizzed the Minister for Civil Society about his Party’s plans for The Big Society.

Acting on an invitation from the Conservative MP for Bury, David Ruffley, MP Nicholas Hurd addressed what he referred to as ‘the cream of Suffolk’s voluntary sector’.

In a closed meeting, held in the apex, he was ‘put through his paces’ and asked to explain the Conservative’s vision of its ambitious policy, The Big Society.

David Ruffley said: “It’s the best speech on the Big Society I’ve heard any politician give because Nick Hurd really engaged with the Suffolk questions that were put to him.

“There were lots of new programs and initiatives that were news to me and the audience and left us with a sense of optimism that voluntary and charity bodies can thrive in this economic climate.”

For more on this story and more news and pictures about life in West Suffolk and South West Norfolk see Friday’s Bury Free Press.