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We are losing a generation of young people to gang violence. An incoming Tory government will have to start from scratch if it is going to make a difference

By Philippa Stroud   November 2009

As Gavin Knight notes in his article for Prospect, “How to really hug a hoodie,” gang culture is increasingly plaguing deprived inner-city communities. For too long we have seen policies implemented to tackle a problem neither measured nor understood. If the Conservatives win the next election, they will have an opportunity to transform our approach to gangs and youth violence. But how can this be done, and will they be brave enough to do so?

At a Centre for Social Justice fringe event on this subject at the Conservative party conference, shadow home secretary Chris Grayling, rather than focusing on…

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