On Friday 8th July local councillors played the role of dragons in a 'Dragons Den' competition with a difference. Rather than judging business proposals from budding entrepreneurs, Barking and Dagenham councillors watched and listened to local young people pitching their ideas for community campaigns and volunteering projects.

Today Jon Cruddas delivered a speech to the Institute of Government titled: Building a Digital State for Innovation and Democracy. The full transcript of Jon's speech can be found by clicking HERE