Another of our excellent female MP's Sarah Teather (well as long as she isn't doing her stand up routine), her full speech can be seen here (until Sunday 25 September) or read here.
This was a strange speech however, for the vast majority of it there was nothing disagreeable, nothing bad but it also felt like there was nothing new. Watching it and reading it I didn't think there was anything to write about!
However then she got onto the pleasing news that the Pupil Premium will be doubled from next year. It is important that even in these times of thrift we are still able to give all youngsters the same start in life, to do our best to make sure that no child is left behind. I read someone commenting on a speech over the last couple of days who said, children aren't our future, we are theirs. This is exactly right, the actions we take now will effect every child, if we put this off then we are condemning more children to a lifetime of under achievement, it's amazing what a difference this can make. When coupled with the announcement Nick made in his key note speech (about a summer school pre secondary school) I really feel that the Liberal Democrats are making great strides in ensuring that no child falls through the cracks and that the support is there to help them.
I found her section on the riots to be one of the better political responses to them, however it did just ask questions rather than suggest the ways where we can get the more desirable outcomes from those questions. Hopefully, with Liberal Democrats in Government, come 2015 we'll be able to answer each of them with a more positive response than we currently can.