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North West: The Respect Agenda
Steve Rawling
The Politics Show North West

Symbol of respect

The government wants to restore respect to society. It seems there is a new announcement every few weeks tied in to the government's Respect Agenda.

This week it was new powers for Community police - last week the focus was on bad parenting.

But can politicians really bring back respect to areas plagued by anti-social behaviour?

On Politics Show in the North West, we test their ideas out in the Salford constituency of Home Office Minister Hazel Blears.

Tony Blair unveiled tough new powers last week to deal with families who blight neighbourhoods.

The Respect Agenda highlights bad parenting as one of the root causes of anti-social behaviour.

Many of the parents we spoke to in Salford welcomed the idea.

But it is not always straightforward - as Salford resident Collette points out, sometimes parents just cannot control teenagers who won't listen to them, and can even turn violent towards them.

Her relationship with her teenage daughter got so bad, Collette had to throw her out of the house for a while.

"I felt awful" Collette admitted, "because you think it's all your fault, you did it all wrong.

"You are looking at why you failed as a parent, and it is a horrible place to be."

At a boxing gym in the Charlestown area of Salford, they know all about respect.

Kids at Olivers Gym learn to respect themselves and others as they are put through their paces, according to their trainer Ged Livesey.

But volunteers who keep the gym running think they are being let down by local politicians.

The Respect Agenda talks about the importance of giving young people plenty to do, but their gym is threatened with demolition as the area is regenerated.

We put those points to Home Office Minister and Salford MP Hazel Blears.

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