Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Tories: Community Holds Answers

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Tories: Community Holds Answers

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FAMILIES in some of Tyneside's most deprived areas should see the Conservatives as their allies.

That was the bold message from Sayeeda Warsi, Shadow Minister for Community Cohesion, as she visited Walker yesterday.

Baroness Warsi was meeting day centre residents at St Anthony of Padua Community Association and see the role it plays in residents' lives. The charity was set up by Father Michael Conaty and helps fund the John Boste Youth Centre, a group encouraging young people to improve their community for themselves.

Tory bosses are hoping they can convince the nation to become more involved with charities rather than spending more taxpayers' money on social problems.

Baroness Warsi said: "Throwing money at deprived areas, putting up new apartments and making the streets clean does not make a community better.

"If money is the answer then why are areas still deprived and we still have problem hotspots? You will always find that one person in a community who is its activist and it's about saying to them 'we will support you' not just with money but with social support by cutting red tape. …

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