Spotlight on poverty

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YOUNG people from the North East have travelled to Parliament to raise the issue of child poverty in the region.

Ten children from deprived areas across the North East went to meet Lords and MPs in the Commons to show them an exhibition of photographs they had taken themselves.

The event was organised by Children North East, who have been highlighting the plight of children growing up in poverty for 120 years.

Sharon Hodgson, MP for Washington and Sunderland West, hosted the exhibition at Westminster.

She said: “I was extremely moved by these images and captions that the children have written. I’m delighted that we are able to show it in Westminster and that such a wide range of peers and MPs from all parties are able to attend.”

Jeremy Cripps, chief executive of Children North East, said: “We were delighted with the response from the children and young people we approached and have been extremely impressed by the range and thought given to the pictures that they took.

“It underlines a huge and growing problem where many of our children in the North East have such limited life chances.”