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Yesterday I hosted #EqualiTeas at The Thought Foundation in Birtley.

It was really useful to listen to our young people share their views about democracy and equality today and tomorrow.

I was deeply impressed by the thoughtful responses of sixth form students from Whickham School and Lord Lawson.

They filled me with hope that our hard-fought rights, such as the right to vote, employment and disability rights and gender equalities will be defended and extended further by their generation.

And thanks to the Thought Foundation for the delicious coffee and cake and an inspirational space for our discussion.