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The Independent View: A strong agenda for the most disadvantaged – an opportunity for Liberal leadership?

Rough sleeper, Embankment, London - Some rights reserved by Dedly SiriusFifteen years ago this month New Labour heralded their intent to tackle complex and intractable social problems by launching a dedicated social exclusion unit within government. Fifteen years on, the challenges facing people with complex problems such as mental health issues, homelessness and substance misuse are still very real. In fact, there are indications that these problems are on the rise. Last year saw a 14 per cent increase in the number of homeless households. Rough sleepers are growing in number – up 43% across last year in London. There is a need for

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    Paul Barker. It's a gain. The seat was held by the Tories. It's now held by us. It's a gain.
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    Top speech Mathew. Couldn't agree more. Ignore the faint hearted and the nay-sayers.
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    Mathew, A major part of the leave vote was indeed the left behind, but as has been pointed out a greater share came from the...