Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

PM: LONDON WILL BE SAFER; FRONTLINE LONDON PARTY LEADERS HAIL OUR GANGS CAMPAIGN; CAMERON PRAISES EVENING STANDARD FOR ITS 'BOLD LEAD'; MILIBAND AND CLEGG SUPPORT 'GREAT' INITIATIVE; Gangs

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

PM: LONDON WILL BE SAFER; FRONTLINE LONDON PARTY LEADERS HAIL OUR GANGS CAMPAIGN; CAMERON PRAISES EVENING STANDARD FOR ITS 'BOLD LEAD'; MILIBAND AND CLEGG SUPPORT 'GREAT' INITIATIVE; Gangs

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Byline: David Cohen Campaigns Editor

THE leaders of the three main political parties today backed the London Evening Standard's new campaign to help former gang members transform their lives.

David Cameron commended the Standard for its "bold lead", Labour's Ed Miliband hailed the "fantastic initiative" and Liberal Democrat Nick Clegg paid tribute to the "great campaign" that was "unlocking the energy and enterprise" of young people caught up in gangs.

Our Frontline London campaign, launched yesterday in partnership with Kids Company, the charity led by Camila Batmanghelidjh, supports ex-gang members with grants from the Dispossessed Fund to help them form bona-fide social enterprises.

The Prime Minister said: "Gang culture has blighted parts of London for far too long and I welcome this campaign, which will help young people find the right opportunities to steer them away from a life of crime and help make London a safer place. Once again the Evening Standard has given a bold lead in tackling some of the toughest

problems affecting our capital and should be commended for this campaign." Mr Miliband said: "This is a fantastic initiative by the Evening Standard and another example of how the Dispossessed Fund is becoming a really important resource for London.

"It will give people caught up in gangs a real chance of turning their lives around so that they can use their talents to play a positive part in our communities and the life of this great city. …

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