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Environmental policy and discussions about Menzies Campbell's future as leader may have dominated the headlines but as Nancy Rowntree reports, getting children out of poverty was also a key focus at last week's Liberal Democrat conference.

Released under a storm of internal mud-slinging, the Conservatives' proposals for public services combine a throwback to Thatcherism with innovative ideas for education. They have gained a mixed reaction from the sector, as Cathy Wallace finds out.

Nearly 140,000 children and young people are living with communication impairment.