Published: 7th Oct 2011

As the country sweltered in the heat of an Indian summer; the political mercury was also on the rise in Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester as the major political party conferences came to town. I attended each conference, and spoke while at these as a panellist for a series of debates hosted by Children & Young People Now magazine on the key issues in setting a more positive narrative for young people. It was interesting to hear the views of each party on the topic – with the Liberal Democrats wanting young people to be the ‘authors of their own story’ and Labour promising them a ‘new bargain’. Perhaps most interesting of all given his crucial position, however, were the views of a fellow panellist at the debate held at the Conservative Party conference. Tim Loughton, minister for children and families, was forthright in his opinion that we have spent years … (To read the full article, subscribe below)