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Tim Loughton responds to 'Daily Telegraph' story on the Big Society

This news article was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

The Children's Minister writes in response to the Daily Telegraph article, 'Minister: What is the Big Society? Is it Anne Widdecombe?'.

Children’s Minister Tim Loughton delivered a speech to Community Service Volunteers on Tuesday, 9 November 2010. The opening statements posed the question, ‘what is the Big Society and is it a good society?’. This was followed up by a story in the Daily Telegraph titled ‘Minister: What is the Big Society? Is it Anne Widdecombe?’.

In response to the story, Tim Loughton wrote this letter:

I am disappointed that the focus is on one paragraph in a speech I made to Community Service Volunteers (CSV) last night [earlier this week]. I posed the question ‘what is the Big Society and is it a good society?’ Having set out the nature of the problem in defining the Big Society on page one, I then spent a further 17 pages articulating what it actually means and how it can transform the lives of millions of our citizens, clearly, optimistically and enthusiastically. I ended by referring to the excellent CSV as a manifestation of the Big Society itself, given the huge success it has had over the last 45 years, and continues to have, engaging so many volunteers in such a wide range of imaginative and fantastic projects which encapsulate the innate British characteristics of altruism and generosity.

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