Mike Speaks up for Young People

Here is my exchange with  Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday

Mike Gapes (Ilford South) (Lab/Co-op): There are 1 million 11 to 19- year-olds in London. The Prime Minister has said a lot about children and young people, but he has not in an hour and a half said anything positive. Will he take this opportunity to make it clear that the vast majority of young people are decent, law-abiding, good people and they are appalled by the stigmatisation that they are getting from the media. They are appalled, they are afraid. They are not criminals. They are just in fear at this time.

The Prime Minister: To be fair, in my statement I said that what had happened was in no way representative of the brilliant young people we have in our country. As I understand it, tomorrow there will be a meeting of people, I think in Westminster, saying very specifically that this was not done in their name. I applaud that and all the other initiatives by people who have stood up and said, “This was not done for me or has anything to do with me.”


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