Politics news in brief

A network to help older people from ethnic minority communities lobby politicians on issues such as housing is launching today.

The Minority Ethnic Elders Policy Network is the brainchild of the Policy Research Institute on Ageing and Ethnicity.

Young people would be just as likely to vote for TV presenters Ant and Dec to be the next leaders of the country as they would for David Cameron or Gordon Brown, according to a poll by youth charity Clubs for Young People. The poll revealed that 14 to 18-year-olds would choose Richard Branson or Jamie Oliver over Sir Menzies Campbell. 

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