By Harry Phibbs
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The House of Lord held a debate on youth unemployment on Thursday. This sort of issue is generally debated in a rather less partisan way in the Lords than it would be in the House of Commons.
The Labour peer Lord Adonis said:
School standards are still not nearly high enough, particularly in the many hundreds of comprehensive schools where a majority of teenagers are still not leaving with essential GCSEs. That is the reason why the previous Government concentrated the academy programme on the lowest performing schools-to give them a "big bazooka", in the words of the Prime Minister. I urge the Government to focus new academies and free schools in disadvantaged areas and to do more to support the recruitment of highly motivated teachers into such areas by, for example, expanding more rapidly than planned the excellent Teach First programme.
The Conservative peer Lord Bates spoke about job creation opportunities in the north east. He talked about his role as a patron of Tomorrow's People and added:
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