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Michael Howard visits training centre

London SE1 website team

Conservative Party leader Michael Howard came to Southwark on Thursday morning to meet staff and clients at the Gateway Training Centre in Lancaster Street.

Gateway Michael Howard
Michael Howard being greeted by Tomorrow's People trust director Debbie Scott and the manager of the Gateway Training Centre

The Gateway Training Centre offers one-to-one guidance and support with job searches and computer training. Other services include basic skills tuition and debt management advice.

The centre is run by Tomorrow's People which was the brainchild of a group of directors of Grand Metropolitan PLC (which subsequently merged with Guinness to become Diageo). They identified chronic unemployment as the root cause of much of the inner-city unrest of the 1980s.

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