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Get kids reading: article by Nick Clegg

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

The Deputy Prime Minister wrote a piece for the Sun on the importance of children's literacy.

A staggering one and a half million 11 year olds could leave school by 2025 unable to read well. This is the stark reality being exposed by The Sun’s Get Kids Reading crusade.

Fortunately, a whole host of charities – led by Save the Children – are taking action to help children fall in love with reading through the Read On. Get On. campaign. Their research says that just 10 minutes of reading a day makes a real difference.

Visit Read On. Get On. to find out what you can do to get every child in the UK reading well.

My wife, Miriam and I have always tried to ensure one of us is there to read to our boys each night. Juggling busy lives and getting home in time to put your kids to bed is not easy. But good habits set in childhood stay with you. I still read at least a few pages of a book every night.

Everyone can help kids read more. I will do everything I can as Deputy Prime Minister to get all kids reading well by 2025 and today I’m getting involved by visiting a primary school in West London to read a story to a class of 5- and 6-year-olds. Do your bit by reading to your own kids, or volunteering to help others read by going to