He said: "We really want to try and keep charities and voluntary groups out of the realms of politics. Some 99.9% do exactly that. When they stray into the realm of politics that is not what they are about and that is not why people give them money."
The Tory minister later clarified his comments, saying that charities "absolutely have right to campaign but should stay out of realm of 'party' politics".
Spectator editor Fraser Nelson previously said that Britain’s charities had been “stuffed to the gunwales with Labour placemen” by prime minister Gordon Brown before he left office.
Do Nelson and Newmark have a point? Some charity chiefs used to work for Gordon Brown, while other third sector bosses worked in the last Labour government, or remain members of the party. HuffPostUK presents nine examples.