Prime Minister Gordon Brown reinforced his stance on the government helping young people this week, as he held a question and answer session with a group of 18-25 year olds in Liverpool.
The PM was in the city to attend the TUC Conference, which took place at the Echo Arena and BT Convention Centre. However, little was known about another meeting he attended at the Contemporary Urban Centre, which was just for us youngsters, and was hosted by Radio City.
Around 50 people attended the meeting in which young people expressed their opinions and concerns to Mr Brown, with the majority wanting to know about help for school leavers. The Prime Minister said: “We have announced around 7,000 new jobs, which will create around 100,000 in the coming months.’”
He also spoke of internships for university leavers, designed to give them the experience they need to gain the jobs that they want.
The Labour leader said: "Of the 18 to 25 year-olds signing on, over half find something within three months." Speaking on the ever increasing unemployment rate, Mr Brown defended the Government’s position by adding: “Half a million jobs have been saved by the action we have taken.”
However, not all the talk was about money and employment. The Prime Minister was put on the spot when he was asked whether he is a Red or a Blue, and Mr Brown dodged the question as he said: "I have met both David Moyes and Rafa Benitez, they are really nice guys.” Commenting on role models for young kids, he couldn’t help but mention two of the Reds' most valued players, Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher.
He then went onto speak about Liverpool’s European Capital of Culture status in 2008, with further praise for the city's youngsters, saying: “Liverpool has such a great history, and such great culture. Everybody has got a talent here. Perhaps you haven't discovered exactly what you want to do yet. But everyone should have the chance to develop and find out what they're best at.”
The Prime Minister was then taken swiftly to Liverpool John Lennon Airport and back to London. He was in the city for only a day meeting union leaders and curious youngsters, including JMU Journalism students, but it seems that he got the full taste of Liverpool Life.
By Ayden Feeney
Gordon Brown dealt with questions posed by young adults on his visit to Liverpool (pictures © Radio City)