Articles by Lucy Powell
Lucy Powell is shadow minister for the Cabinet Office, member of parliament for Manchester Central and a vice-chair of Progress

This is what it really means to be tough on the causes of crime

Lucy Powell MP  |  15 February 2008

Last week was one of those weeks when you appreciate the kind of difference you could make as a politician and candidate. (When you're up to your neck in mail merges or stuffing envelopes or delivering leaflets it doesn't always feel like that!) I invited Jack Straw to visit a local project in my constituency (Manchester Withington) - The Old Moat Youth Outreach Project. Part-funded by the Labour Council, I guess you could describe it as a youth centre-plus - a place where local teenagers can take part in activities such as photography, arts and cooking. It's also a place where the young people who use it feel safe and can talk about their hopes and fears with peers and adults who are not their parents.

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