National Citizen Service Bill [Lords]

Part of Bill Presented – in the House of Commons at 5:31 pm on 16th January 2017.

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Photo of Vernon Coaker Vernon Coaker Labour, Gedling 5:31 pm, 16th January 2017

I agree absolutely, and that is the point I am making.

One of the most interesting things—I am sure that we have all done it—is getting young people talking to old people because, with their different perspective, they bring history alive. As a former history teacher, I know that when older people talked to young people about history it brought it alive to them. Those ways of bringing people together and overcoming division, whether it is between social classes, regions or generations, are one of the great strengths of the NCS. We need to be more open in saying that we have a huge ambition for ourselves and our country. We should not be afraid of having that ambition. The challenge is in how we deliver it, and is not something we should shy from.