Lord Storey to give maiden speech
FORMER Liverpool city council leader Mike Storey will deliver his maiden speech in the House of Lords tomorrow.
He took his seat in the Lords in February.
Convention dictates that he is not allowed to ask any oral or written questions until he has spoken in the house.
Lord Storey will speak on a debate about early intervention in the lives of children.
"As a primary headteacher I know how important it is to improve the life chances of young people and give support at an early stage," he said.
"It has to be thought through very carefully, universal, systematic and funded.
"I am going to stress the importance of Sure Start centres. The concept was right and it is sad that some are now under threat.
"But we should not be patronising. The vast majority of parents, in some very difficult situation, bring up their children in a remarkable way."